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Crime figures soar by 10% in England and Wales

By Scott D'Arcy

Police in England and Wales have recorded the largest annual rise in crime in a decade, with nearly five million offences over the last year to March, new figures show.

The number of crimes committed in England and Wales - which were recorded by the police - rose 10% on the same period in 2015/16, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In a different measure, there were an estimated 11 million offences covered by the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW), including new experimental figures which cover fraud and cyber crimes.

John Flatley, who is the head of crime statistics for the ONS, said: "The latest figures show the largest annual rise in crimes recorded by the police in a decade."

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