Gloucestershire police fail to record nearly 8,000 reported crimes every year, a report has concluded.

Gloucestershire Constabulary's crime recording arrangements have been rated 'inadequate' by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) after an inspection was carried out into its procedures.

The crime data integrity report, released today, said the 7,900 reported crimes which go unrecorded a year "deprives many victims of the services to which they are entitled".

Of the 7,900 unrecorded reports a year, 4,200 of them were reports of violent crime.

The constabulary's chief constable Rod Hansen said the incidents are "predominately a recording failure not a service failure".

Some of the crimes which went unrecorded include serious crimes such as sexual offences, rape and violence - many of which involved domestic abuse, the report found.