Figures show FOUR rapes recorded in North East every day

NationalWorld have looked into data surrounding rape and sexual assault

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Worrying figures show that on average there are more than four rapes recorded in the North East every day.

In a six month period between April and September 2021, the average number of rapes recorded by Northumbria Police was a heartbreaking 4.4.

That figure includes both male and female victims but does not take into account the large number of rapes that go unreported.

A total of 804 rapes were recorded across that time frame, with 715 female victims and 89 male victims.

The data, unearthed by NationalWorld, also provides a ranking of areas in the UK by rapes per 100,000 people.

At 54.7, the area patrolled by Northumbria Police ranks 19th across the country, with Cleveland in Yorkshire the worst affected at 81.3.

Surrey comes last in 42nd place, although still recorded 36.3 rapes per 100,000 people.

The figures also provided statistics on sexual assault, with the North East the 16th worst in the country in that category.

777 sexual assaults on females and 139 on males were recorded in those six months.

Northumbria Police is acting to cut down those numbers, spending nearly £2 million on a Safer Streets project.

They said: "I don't think police are doing a good enough job of protecting women.

"We obviously understand that a lot of that is a lack of resources, time, training and funding but there's no reason we can't do it.

"We'll help everyone but we are predominantly watching women.

"We will approach women sitting on their own and check if everything is alright. Nine out of 10 times it's fine, but it's that one occasion when they say their phone battery has just died and they don't know how to get home that we'll help.

"A couple of other women we've approached as they are being dragged along by a man and don't really want to go with him. Again, nine out of ten times, it's fine and she's just had a lot to drink but now and again we get people who say they don't want to go with him and we'll stay and sit with them for a bit.

"We won't refuse help for anyone. We're just women-led and focusing on women as much as we can be."

Shortly after the group launched a survey showed that 97% of women feel safer thanks to the group's work.

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