Crime has seen a spike in Bracknell overt the past year, according to latest police figures.

Figures from show in September 2019, 211 crimes were committed in Bracknell and in September 2018, there were only 199.

The most significant crime committed in that period where violence and sexual offences with 69 being reported last year.

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However, crimes of this nature fell in September 2019 with 55 reported.

One of the main factors in the increase was the rise in vehicle crimes which rose by nearly 50 per cent.

Police attended to 24 reports in September 2019 and only 13 in September 2018.

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Drug related crimes have increased from three to seven and shoplifting from 13 to 20.

Most shoplifting thefts were carried out in Bracknell Town Centre.

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In Bracknell Town Centre alone, there was an increase of 11 more crimes committed, from 37 to 48.

Anti social behaviour decreased in September 2019 in comparison to September 2018, with 41 crimes reported to 24.

The Police Federation said officers across England and Wales were struggling to "deliver the basics", and warned the benefits of promised new recruits would not be felt for some time.

Thames Valley recorded 2,201 incidents of violent crime in Bracknell Forest in the 12 months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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That was an increase of 34 per cent compared to the previous year.

John Apter, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "These figures once again come as no surprise as officers continue to struggle to deal with delivering the basics in policing which is incredibly frustrating for them.

“With forces snowed under by demand, unable to answer all 999 calls in some cases, chiefs are having to make some difficult decisions over which services need to be reined back."