12:00 Saturday 01 February 2014

Study finds 'no crime' rape stats

Written byMARK MCKAY

DOZENS of alleged rapes reported to police were written off in 2013, new figures reveal.

The report from the Rape Monitoring Group shows Staffordshire Police had a ‘no crime’ rate of 10 per cent in 2012-13 while Derbyshire Police was one of seven forces which hit 20 per cent.

Allegations are classed as ‘no crime’ if further details emerge which cause the recorded offence to be declassified.

Nick Baker, Assistant Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, said a crime audit team vetted each decision to ensure no crime had occurred.

He said: “It can involve cases where a third party allegation has been made and nothing has happened or maybe a victim has made up some of the circumstances. But this is not a decision that we take lightly.”

A spokesman from Derbyshire Police said a reported rape is immediately recorded as a crime before an investigation starts.

The report also revealed the number of rapes reported to Staffordshire Police had surged from 102 in 2011-12 to 177 in 2012-13.

Of these, 12 per cent were solved last year, down from 25 per cent in 2011-12.

Ast Chief Con Baker said: “If we start with the premise that rape is under reported, as a force we want to get to the true levels.

“So we welcome that increase in reported rapes.”

The number of rapes reported to Derbyshire Police fell to 168 in 2012-13, down from 173 in 2012-11 and from 182 in 2010-11.

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