Key Quotes - Crime

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Sex trafficking is taking place on an “industrial scale” across England and Wales as the government’s strategy for tackling the issue fails to deliver, new research claims. A report finds so-called “pop-up brothels” – premises rented for short periods of time to sexually exploit women – are widespread, with hundreds of vulnerable women, predominantly from Eastern Europe, being supplied by trafficking gangs into residential properties in order to be sexually exploited by British men.
CrimeIndependent - 20th May 2018
 
There were 37,443 recorded knife offences in the year up to September 2017. Four teenagers were stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve alone, bringing the total number of deaths to 80 in 2017.
CrimePremier Youth and Children’s Work – April 2018 (oxygen-online.org)
 
In France, sex with children under 15 is to be classed as rape, irrespective of ‘consent’. The move came following public outrage at the acquittal of a man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl. It will give more protection to 13 and 14-year-olds than UK law.
CrimeThe Christian Institute – Spring 2018
 
The number of motorists caught using a mobile phone illegally has almost halved since penalties for offenders were doubled, figures show. Around 39,000 fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers between March and December last year compared with 74,000 during the same period in 2016, according to police data.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 1 March 2018
 
Online porn is to blame for a record number of sex crimes by under-18s in Scotland, an addiction charity said in late 2017. A total of 407 minors were reported for rape, attempted rape, sexual assault or other sex crimes. This number included 48 people under the age of 16.
CrimeEvangelicals Now – February 2018
 
One in four female modern slavery survivors in the UK are pregnant when they escape from their captors, prompting urgent calls for the Government to better protect vulnerable victims in the aftermath of their ordeal. The main organisation supporting victims of modern slavery in London has revealed the majority of these women are routinely unable to access vital support with their pregnancy, with two thirds not receiving antenatal care until they are over seven months pregnant.
CrimeCARE Impact Direct - 9th March 2018 (Independent)
 
Surges in knife and gun offences have helped fuel a rise in police-recorded crime. Figures showed forces in England and Wales logged a total of 5.3 million crimes from September 2016 to 2017, up by 14 per cent on the previous year. As well as firearms and knife offences, there were also rises in records of burglary, robbery, sexual crimes, and car theft.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 26 January 2018
 
The number of UK drivers attending retraining courses after committing a motoring offence reached a record 1.4 million last year, figures show. Speed awareness courses were by far the most common with 1.2 million attendees, according to the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme. The money police forces receive from each driver who completes these courses jumped from £35 to £45 in September, meaning constabularies collect around £54 million each year.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 15 January 2018
 
The government has released data around the Youth Justice System in England and Wales. Youth arrests (between 10 and 17) have decreased by 79 per cent in the last ten years, and the number of first time entrants to the Youth Justice System has dropped by 85 per cent. However, 42 per cent of young people reoffended, which is nearly double the rate of adults.
CrimePremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
The number of criminals caught with knives or offensive weapons has hit its highest level for six years, official figures reveal. They show 5,324 knife possession offences resulted in a caution or sentence in England and Wales in the three months from July. The tally is the highest quarterly figure since the equivalent three-month period of 2011, and includes 3,359 offences of possession of an article with a blade or point, 1,708 of possession of an offensive weapon and 257 of threatening with a knife or offensive weapon.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 15th December 2017
 
According to the charity Refuge, 1 in 5 women in the UK have been subjected to some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. 1 in 3 teenage girls has been pressured into doing something sexual by a partner and a third of female students in the UK have been subjected to inappropriate touching or groping at university.
CrimeChristianity – January 2018
 
Millions of teenagers live in fear that they will become victims of crime – a fear that is affecting their well-being and mental health, the latest Good Childhood report published by the Children’s Society suggests writes a staff reporter. The report found that one-third of teenage girls fear being stalked by a stranger, and one in four boys worries that they could be assaulted. Two in five of teenagers worries about anti-social behaviour and other crimes, the report found. Close second to the fear of becoming a victim of crime was the million teenagers whose parents were struggling to pay household bills.
CrimeChurch Times - 22nd September 2017
 
The Guardian reports that police in England and Wales are investigating underage ‘sexting’ offences at a rate of 17 per day. The number of cases is rising, with latest figures having increased by a third on the previous year. Police say the youngest children involved were aged 10, with girls more likely to be victims.
CrimeChristian Concern - 10th November 2017
 
Crimes of a sexual nature committed over the internet have significantly increased in Scotland over the past three years, new figures reveal. Research commissioned by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP found a 50 per cent rise in sexual crimes in the category that includes ‘cybercrimes’, from 2,901 in 2013/2014 to 4,360 in 2016/2017.
CrimeThe Christian Institute - 6th October 2017
 
The number of human trafficking cases referred for prosecution has hit a record high, amid a “worrying” decline in conviction rates, figures show...A report by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) this week revealed that the volume of cases police have referred for prosecution rose by 10 per cent in the last year, from 246 in 2015-16 to 271 in 2016-17 – the highest volume ever recorded.
CrimeIndependent - 11th October 2017
 
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