Town cen­tre has the high­est rate of crime

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

THE cen­tre of Ash­ford is the worst in the bor­ough for crime and Kingsnorth is the safest.

Fig­ures from Kent Po­lice show that Ash­ford’s Vic­to­ria ward, which in­cludes the town cen­tre, has had 274.5 over­all crimes per 1,000 peo­ple in the last year.

Mean­while the Park Farm South ward, which in­cludes Kingsnorth, has the low­est level at 22.9 per 1,000.

Kent Po­lice have is­sued crime fig­ures for ev­ery sin­gle ward in Kent to com­pare neigh­bour­hoods, cov­er­ing Novem­ber 2007 to last Oc­to­ber.

Ch Insp Martin Cun­ning­ham, from the Kent Po­lice Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team, said: “A lot of peo­ple are in­ter­ested in crime in their ar­eas and how that com­pares to other ar­eas.

“Once peo­ple start us­ing it we might iden­tify im­prove­ments that we can make.”

The top five crime hotspots for Ash­ford also in­clude Nor­man ward, east of Stan­hope, which had 223.1 crimes per 1,000; and Ayles­ford Green, in­clud­ing part of Willes­bor­ough at 103.9. Stour, be­tween the ring road and M20, had 101.3, and Stan­hope, 101.

The fig­ures break down into anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, bur­glary, rob­bery, ve­hi­cle crime and vi­o­lence against the per­son and show rises and falls in of­fences.

Vic­to­ria ward had high lev­els of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, at 169.9 per 1,000 al­though th­ese fell by 20.1 per cent over the year. The high fig­ure of vi­o­lence against the per­son, 64.5, also dropped to 10.8 per cent.

Of the worst five Ayles­ford Green had the worst over­all rise, at 6.8 per cent, while Stour had the big­gest fall, down 7.6 per cent.

Mr Cun­ning­ham also said the fig­ures could pro­vide re­as­sur­ance be­cause peo­ple could dis­cover crime in their neigh­bour­hood is lower than they think

Ash­ford’s other five safest ar­eas are Rol­ven­den and Ten­ter­den West with 24.2 over­all crimes per 1,000 peo­ple; Lit­tle Bur­ton Farm, near the Julie Rose Sta­dium, at 25.2; Ash­ford St Michael’s at Ten­ter­den, 28.6, and Weald North, which has Smar­den, 29.

Ash­ford is the sixth safest of Kent’s 13 dis­tricts, with 68.8 crimes per 1,000 peo­ple.

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