Published: 18:50, 25 April 2019
| Updated: 18:51, 25 April 2019
Violent crime in Kent has increased by more than 25% in a year.
The statistic comes from new figures produced by the Office for National Statistics.
It also reports that number of offences recorded by police of 'violence against a person' has gone up from 61,000 in 2017 to 77,500 cases last year in 2018.
The data stands up growing crime concerns in the county.
Additional data showed that reported cases of stalking and harassment have increased by almost 80%.
The figure comes more than a year after the murder trial of Molly McLaren, who was stalked and killed in broad daylight by her ex-boyfriend Joshua Stimpson, who was ultimately found guilty.
Possession of weapons offences was also up on last year by 46%, while public order offences saw an increase of almost 70%.
There was also a 19% increase on 2017 of recorded sexual offences to 7,182.
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