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Rise in Sex Attacks in Run Up to Christmas

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7:05am 18th December 2012
(Updated 7:05am 18th December 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt there has been a rise in sex attacks in Cornwall and Devon in the run up to Christmas.

There were eleven more last week than the average police expect.

They fear it is being fuelled by festive parties and booze.

Stats seen by Pirate FM reveal 46 sexual assaults reported last week compared to 35 crimes recorded per week on average last year.

That follows a 6% rise so far this year, with 1,411 attacks in total.

Devon and Cornwall Police say traditionally the number of assaults and sexual offences increase over the festive period and this year is no exception.drinking poster

Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves when celebrating over Christmas and New Year. Whilst most people drink responsibly, there is a small minority who do not.
 
“Alcohol can dramatically change someone’s behaviour which can often result in them doing something they may not do when sober. We are asking people to think about the consequences of excessive drinking before they begin their night out.”
 
He is warning a moment of madness can leave you with a criminal record for the rest of your life or even on the sex offenders register.
 
Police are putting on extra patrols in Cornwall's town centres over the Christmas party period to deal with an expected rise in trouble.
 
They are also running two poster campaigns complete with graphic images.
 
One warns women, "Two drinks ago you would have got home safely."
7:05am 18th December 2012

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