The Chronicle has reported on the new data regarding conviction rates for sexual offences in the North East. More than 8,000 offences were reported to police in the North East last year, but only 531 people were brought to justice for them. The data shows that when offenders do appear in court the conviction rate is reasonably high, with 82% of prosecutions in the region being successful. However, the number of suspects actually being charged is falling to an alarmingly low level, with just 644 of the 8,242 cases reported in 2017/18 reaching the court stage. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has attributed the low conviction rate to a recent reduction in the number of cases being referred by police. The article also highlights the work of The Sparkle Foundation in the North East.