Crime mapping: Rapes in Bexley up 86 per cent in 12 months

PUBLISHED: 16:25 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:25 22 October 2013

The number of rapes reported in Bexley has almost doubled in the last year.

Latest crime mapping figures issued by the Met Police show an 86 per cent increase in rapes in the borough – 65 in the last 12 months, compared with 35 in the same period in 2011/12.

Rape stats across London have also gone up year-on-year, but nowhere near as steeply as in Bexley. Only Bromley and Sutton have comparable figures, with a hike of about 90 per cent each.

It’s a spike in an otherwise relatively static year, with crime in the borough overall two per cent down, reflecting a Met-wide trend.

And Bexley’s homicide rate dropped from five in 2011/12 to zero this year.

Elsewhere, the borough – which reported no Islamophobic crimes last year – had seven reported this year. Domestic crime is up 14pc to 155, while homophobic crime increased from seven to 11.

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