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4:24pm 10th April 2013

Crime in Cornwall and Devon has fallen, but there are more sex attacks and violence.

Overall it has dropped 6.7 percent, with more than 6,000 fewer offences occurring in the last year.

That is despite the force having hundreds fewer officers because of the cuts.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg from Helston tells Pirate FM he wants that to be the end of it.

He said: "We really don't want to go any further with police cuts. What we've done this time round is to hold police numbers at around 3,100. We're recruiting now police officers, about one hundred and twenty for the next four years, and an additional fifty specials a year.

Mr Hogg added he thought the rise in sex offences is down to more victims coming forward.

"If people report domestic, sexual violence, it will be taken seriously. Recognising that there are avenues and there are places to go that are entirely confidential."

Burglaries in homes fell nearly 21 percent, while vehicle crime dropped by over 12 percent and criminal damage was down by just over 16 percent.

Violence against the person saw an increase of over five percent, while sexual offences jumped up 2.6 percent.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said that may be partly due to the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

He said: "About a third of those are historic crimes. People are more willing to come forward because they think, actually I am going to be taken seriously, I am going to be listened to by the police, and we will take action.

The force has insisted that tackling alcohol-fuelled violence would be a priority in the future.

Mr Netherton added: "We continue to work really hard in places like Newquay, to make sure that we make our evening and night-time economy safer. We're working with licensees, we're working with councils, and being out on on the street day and night, to make a difference."

4:24pm 10th April 2013

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