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Rapes increase by 29% as overall crime falls in England and Wales

The number of rapes reported to and recorded by police in England and Wales is at its highest ever level, official figures have shown.

There were 22,116 recorded rapes in the year to June, a rise of 29% on the year before, police figures released by the Office for National Statistics show.

Victims are "more willing" to report rape, Crime Minister Norman Baker said.

Daniel Sandford reports.

  • 16 Oct 2014