Increase in domestic violence is down to bad weather, say police

  • Wet summer has forced couples to stay indoors leading to ‘cabin fever’

By
Daily Mail Reporter

20:06 EST, 14 October 2012


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20:15 EST, 14 October 2012

Police believe the wet weather has led to a increase in the number of domestic violence cases (picture posed by model)

Police believe the wet weather has led to a increase in the number of domestic violence cases (picture posed by model)

An increase in the number of domestic violence cases has been blamed by police on bad weather.

They said the wettest summer on record forced couples to stay indoors, which resulted in them developing ‘cabin fever’.

And they claimed this led to violent outbursts and an increase in the number of domestic abuse cases.

Data released by MeteoGroup showed that 14.25in of rain fell in June, July and August, making it the wettest summer since 1912. Britain saw just 143 hours of sunshine in the same period.

Officers in Devon and Cornwall Police said violent crimes in tranquil Sidmouth had risen sharply in the past year, increasing from 90 to 124 cases.

In a meeting with Sidmouth Town Council yesterday, Sergeant Andy Turner blamed the increase on two new housing developments and the relentless rain the region had endured.

Mr Turner said: ‘Some of the increase is down to domestic violence cases, we have seen a spike with the additional housing and bad weather.

‘People get cabin fever locked in a house together.

‘Domestic violence is not just in one place, it would surprise you where it happens – it’s right across the spectrum.’

Detective Inspector John Trott added
that there had been 75 domestic abuse cases in Devon and Cornwall, which
has been hit by heavy rain, in the past 24 hours.

Cabin fever: Police said the wettest summer on record has forced couples to stay indoors

Cabin fever: Police said the wettest summer on record has forced couples to stay indoors

But the incessant rain did help see a fall in offences such as criminal damage and anti-social behaviour, officers said.

Not everyone was in agreement with the officers’ theory.

Stuart Hughes, chairman of Sidmouth council, said last night: ‘It seemed a strange thing to blame a rise in domestic violence on the weather.

‘I know the weather gets blamed for a lot of things but this is a new one on me.’

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