Crime levels continue to fall

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CRIME is continuing to fall in Northumberland, new figures have shown.

The Home Office statistics have now been released for the 12 months ending in June.

They show that total reported crime was down nine per cent across the Northumbria force compared to the previous year.

The decrease represents 7,135 fewer offences and crime was down in almost every category, including violence, burglary, sexual offences, vehicle crime, theft and criminal damage.

Fraud and drug crime increased slightly, but police say the latter is due to their strong pro-active approach towards those who misuse or deal in drugs.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “These figures show crime levels are continuing to head in the right direction and we’re working tirelessly to continue this trend.

“These reductions would not be possible without the dedication of all Northumbria Police employees, our partners across the region and most importantly, the people in our communities who continue to support their local police force.

“We’re committed to tackling the small minority who cause problems and commit crime in our villages, towns and cities.

“Neighbourhood policing remains at the heart of everything we do and we continue to ask our communities where and when they want to see us to ensure we are providing the local service that they need.”

Nationally, crime fell six per cent.