Increases in sexual and domestic abuse reports and a broader increase in crime generally have been reported across Surrey by police.

Recorded crime figures rose by 14 per cent for 2017 to 2018 compared to the previous 12 months.

A significant factor was a 16.6 per cent increase in violent crime representing 4,053 extra offences, although of the 28,526 violent crimes recorded 74.9per cent were verbal rather than physical.

Domestic abuse accounted for 7,291 of the violent crimes, which is why the force has committed more than 90 per cent of first responders in the College of Policing to special training in violence at home.

In January 2018 the team succeeded in getting an 18 month prison sentence against an offender for controlling and coercive behaviour - the first force in the country to achieve this without a victim statement.

Possession of weapons has shown an increase of 29.7 per cent (an extra 127 offences), largely down to an increased use of proactive stop and search powers leading to the seizure of knives. This led to an extra 12 offences being recorded each month for every 100 stops completed across the county.

Surrey Police has taken part in two knife amnesties within the last year, which led to 130 weapons being handed in across the county.

But police have been pleased to see an increase in the the reporting of crimes that often were not brought to their attention in the past - for example hate crime, domestic abuse and non-recent sexual abuse.

June 2017 saw that for the first time in ten years burglaries in Surrey started to increase, having been reducing until this point. The past year has shown an 8.4% increase (up 499 to 6,472) compared with the previous year.

Detective Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: "We started a number of proactive burglary initiatives in 2017 to address the increase through a variety of means including building our intelligence picture of problem offenders and focussing our serious and organised crime unit on identified criminal gangs.

"This has led to a 32.9 per cent (103) improvement in the volume of positive outcomes for burglaries."