Vi­o­lent at­tacks up by six per cent but mur­ders are down

Ayrshire Post - - Special Report - Gary Fan­ning

crimes of vi­o­lence in ayr­shire has in­creased slightly over the past year.

a to­tal of 436 vi­o­lent crimes oc­curred be­tween april 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, com­pared to 432 over the same month pe­riod.

but the num­ber of mur­ders de­creased con­sid­er­ably from 9 in 2016/ 17 to none in 2017/ 18.

cul­pa­ble homi­cide num­bers re­ma­nined the same as one over the same pe­riod.

but the num­ber of cul­pa­ble homi­cides in­volv­ing road traf­fic ac­ci­dents in­creased from three in 2016- 2017 to five in 2017- 18.

over the same pe­riod, the num­ber of at­tempted mur­ders de­creased by one to six.

se­ri­ous as­saults in­creased by 10 per cent to 2381 in 2017/ 18 from 216 in 2016/ 17.

the num­ber of re­ported rob­beries to po­lice in­creased by four to 89 in 2017/ 18.

a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the post re­veals the amount of vi­o­lent crime in your area.

ayr West, which in­cludes ayr town cen­tre, Fort, seafield, Doon­foot and al­loway, had the most num­ber of com­mon as­saults in south ayr­shire with 208 from april 1 2017, to March 31, 2018, up from 197 for the pre­vi­ous year, an in­crease of 5.5 per cent.

Fol­low­ing a Free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest by the post, we can re­veal the num­ber of se­ri­ous as­saults in ayr West in­creased by 54 per cent from 13 in 2016/ 17 to 20 in 2017/ 18.

the num­ber of rob­beries shot up from 3 to 11.

ayr North, which cov­ers lochside, Whitletts, brae­head, Heath­field and New­ton, has the sec­ond most num­ber of com­mon as­saults at 204, down from 245, a de­crease of 17 per cent. se­ri­ous as­saults re­mained the same at 16 and rob­beries in­creased by two to seven.

in ayr east, which in­cludes Fore­hill, bel­mont, Holm­ston and castle­hill, there was one cul­pa­ble homi­cide recorded by po­lice in 2017/ 18 com­pared to none for the pre­vi­ous year. the num­ber of com­mon as­saults in­creased by 43 per cent to 80 in 2017/ 18.

over thee same pe­riod se­ri­ous as­saults re­mained the same at two and rob­beries de­creased from three to one.

in gir­van and south car­rick, po­lice recorded 103 com­mon as­saults ( up 39 per cent), five se­ri­ous as­saults ( up one) and two rob­beries ( down one).

in troon, 91 com­mon as­saults took place in 2017- 18 com­pared to 83 in 2016- 17, one se­ri­ous as­sault ( down from seven) and two rob­beries ( up one).

in prest­wick, the num­ber of com­mon as­saults were down by four to 96, se­ri­ous as­saults re­mained the same at six and no rob­beries were re­ported to po­lice.

in May­bole, North car­rick and coyl­ton, there was two cul­pa­ble homi­cides ( up one), se­ri­ous as­saults re­mained the same at four and there were five rob­beries com­pared to none for the pre­vi­ous year.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions Ayr­shire had more than 1250 vi­o­lent crimes in a year

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