THERE was a 63 per cent leap in the number of sexual offences reported to police in Barnsley last year.

While the town's crime figures on the whole are down by five cent, the sexual offences figure went up from 120 to 195 from January to December.

Robbery was also up by 37 per cent, from 73 to 100.

But some of the biggest reductions were in criminal damage and arson - down 18 per cent - and public order offences which was down 12 per cent.