MORE than 1,000 violent and sexual offences were reported in south Essex in August - figures have now revealed.

The figures from data.police.uk show how many crimes are recorded and the status of the investigation.

The information shows in Southend there were 922 violent and sex offences reported and 99 drugs offences reported.

In Basildon there were 778 violent and sex offences reported and 55 incidents of drugs reported in August.

Each and every crime in Southend, Castle Point and Basildon have been compiled into an interactive map.

It comes after twenty people have been arrested and police seized crack cocaine and heroin worth £250,000 in a raid.

Officers also seized £60,000 in cash during the raid on Tuesday morning in Westcliff.

It also comes after two men were stabbed and a car was driven at a group last weekend at Basildon's Festival Leisure Park last weekend - two men have been changed in connected with the incidents.

Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said: “Southend is a safe place to live, work, and visit.

“In the year to the end of August 2021, we’ve seen 61 fewer violence with injury offences which means 61 fewer victims and that can only be a good thing.

“It also means fewer than 10 people per 1,000 living in the district have been a victim, meaning you’re really unlikely to be affected by it.

“We have seen an increase in reports of sexual offences but I believe that’s because more people are confident in reporting them to us.

“We have specialist teams which investigate a range of different types of sexual offence and support victims: https://www.essex.police.uk/news/essex/news/news/2021/june/essex-how-we-support-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-assault/.

“Just this week work by our Adult Sexual Assault Investigation Team led to a man who attacked three women last year receiving an indefinite hospital order.

“We’re working really hard to tackle the issue of drugs and the sale of drugs.

“Usually drugs offences are recorded as a result of positive, proactive policing such as warrants, operations, or stop-and-search.

“Just this week 17 people were arrested, and £250,000 worth of Class A drugs, and £60,000 in cash were seized during a series of warrants in Westcliff.

“And we’re also working with our partners to keep you safe. Earlier this week our colleagues managing the CCTV system in Southend spotted a suspected drink driver and reported it to us, meaning officers could respond quickly and make an arrest.”

Police bosses are reassuring residents south Essex is still a safe place to live, work and visit.

Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander for Southend, said: “Southend is a safe place to live, work, and visit.

“In the year to the end of August 2021, we’ve seen 61 fewer violence with injury offences which means 61 fewer victims and that can only be a good thing.

“It also means fewer than 10 people per 1,000 living in the district have been a victim, meaning you’re really unlikely to be affected by it.

“We have seen an increase in reports of sexual offences but I believe that’s because more people are confident in reporting them to us.

“We have specialist teams which investigate a range of different types of sexual offence and support victims: https://www.essex.police.uk/news/essex/news/news/2021/june/essex-how-we-support-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-assault/.

“Just this week work by our Adult Sexual Assault Investigation Team led to a man who attacked three women last year receiving an indefinite hospital order.

“We’re working really hard to tackle the issue of drugs and the sale of drugs.

“Usually drugs offences are recorded as a result of positive, proactive policing such as warrants, operations, or stop-and-search.

“Just this week 17 people were arrested, and £250,000 worth of Class A drugs, and £60,000 in cash were seized during a series of warrants in Westcliff.

“And we’re also working with our partners to keep you safe. Earlier this week our colleagues managing the CCTV system in Southend spotted a suspected drink driver and reported it to us, meaning officers could respond quickly and make an arrest.”

Acting Chief Inspector Steve Parry said: “Basildon is a safe place to live, work, and visit.

“There were 216 fewer violence with injury offences across the district in the year to the end of August.

“That means there were 216 victims of the most serious violence and that can only be good news.

“It also means fewer than nine people per 1,000 living in the district have been a victim, meaning you’re really unlikely to be affected by it.

“And where incidents do take place we take action.

“Just this weekend, we made quick arrests following two incidents at the Festival Leisure Park and have since secured charges in both investigations.

“Officers also worked quickly to make an arrest when James Robinson was assaulted in Pitsea and shortly after his death a man was charged with murder.

“We have seen an increase in reports of sexual offences but I believe that’s because more people are confident in reporting them to us.

“We have specialist teams which investigate a range of different types of sexual offence and support victims: https://www.essex.police.uk/news/essex/news/news/2021/june/essex-how-we-support-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-assault/.

“In the last fortnight work by specialist officers saw a former teacher from Basildon jailed for sexually abusing a pupil more than four decades ago.

“We’re also working really hard to tackle the issue of drugs and the sale of drugs.

“Usually drugs offences are recorded as a result of positive, proactive policing such as warrants, operations, or stop-and-search.

“Our Operation Raptor and Disruptor teams are prolific at identifying, disrupting and tackling those selling drugs.

“In July alone our South Disruptor Team arrested 27 people and took £365,000 of drugs off the streets of Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford and Southend Districts.

“They also seized a handgun and £38,000 in case.”