Po­lice hail good work as crime falls

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY - STU­ART GREER

CRIMES where there is a vic­tim such as rob­bery and bur­glary have fallen by al­most six per cent – the big­gest drop in Eng­land and Wales.

The latest fig­ures re­leased by the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics show that for the year end­ing in March crime in Cheshire saw 53,229 in­ci­dents – a fall of four per cent.

That equates to 2,796 fewer crimes, com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 12- month pe­riod.

This is the third largest re­duc­tion in crime of the 43 po­lice forces in Eng­land and Wales.

How­ever, vi­o­lent crime rose by 12 per cent to 11,672 in­ci­dents and sex­ual of­fences were up 20 per cent to 1,182.

Po­lice claim the trend is down to im­prove­ments in how crime is recorded and the in­creased con­fi­dence in vic­tims re­port­ing in­ci­dents to po­lice.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Guy Hin­dle said: “It is good to see that the hard work put in by Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary over the past year in record­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­ci­dents is pay­ing div­i­dends and we con­tinue to see some of the low­est lev­els of crime recorded in mod­ern times – and even more re­cent fig­ures in­di­cate that trend of re­duced crime will con­tinue.

“What is par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to see is that the fo­cus we have placed on vic­tims is borne out by these fig­ures – not just the num­ber of vic­tims, but the as­so­ci­ated work such as the pro­vi­sion of vic­tim care.”

A closer look at the fig­ures re­vealed there were three mur­ders and 5,289 re­ports of vi­o­lence where the vic­tim suf­fered in­jury.

Mean­while, 6,380 in­ci­dent in­cluded vi­o­lence where no in­jury was recorded.

The num­ber of rob­beries was 238 for the year, while there were 25,294 theft of­fences in­clud­ing 5,963 bur­glar­ies of homes and busi­nesses.

Ve­hi­cle crime amounted to 4,462 of­fences, there were 1,057 in­stances of theft from a per­son and bike thefts hit 1,529.

John Dwyer, Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for Cheshire said: “These are ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing re­sults for any­one con­cerned with tack­ling and pre­vent­ing crime.

“It is par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to see that this con­stab­u­lary has seen the big­gest fall in vic­tim­based crime as I have placed vic­tims at the heart of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem and fo­cused on en­sur­ing they re­ceive the sup­port they need.

“Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary con­tin­ues to take pos­i­tive steps to keep the public safe and in my role as com­mis­sioner I will en­sure that this good work con­tin­ues.” RE­CENT cases heard at South and East Cheshire Mag­is­trates’ Court. ●● LEE Mark Har­ri­son, 39, of Sheldon Road, Poyn­ton, was found guilty of as­sault. He ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age and two charges of re­sist­ing ar­rest. He will be sen­tenced on Au­gust 11. ●● MICHAEL Burdock, 50, of Hollin Road, Bolling­ton, ad­mit­ted as­sault. He will be sen­tenced on Oc­to­ber 13. ●● KIERAN Roger­son, 33, of Duke Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a knife. He was fined £150. ●● MICHAEL Damon Oul­tram, 33, of May­field Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a blade, as­sault and us­ing threat­en­ing words or be­hav­iour. He was sen­tenced to 14 weeks in prison sus­pended for two years. ●● LISA Marie Hayes, 36, of Robin Hood Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, was found guilty of as­sault. She will be sen­tenced on July 24. ●● VIN­CENT James Smith, 49, War­wick Road, Mac­cles­field, was found guilty of go­ing equipped for steal­ing and pos­ses­sion of a knife. He ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of am­phet­a­mine and fail­ing to at­tend court. Smith was jailed for 20 weeks. ●● SARA Di Sor­renti, 49, of Hob­son Street, Mac­cles­field, was found guilty of drink driv­ing. She was fined £220 and banned from driv­ing for 12 months. ●● MICHAEL John Turner, 30, of Ull­swa­ter, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted driv­ing while un­fit through drugs. He was fined £300 and banned for three years. ●● KEVIN Paul Sum­ner, 56, of Ox­ford Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a knife. He was given a com­mu­nity or­der with cur­few for six weeks. ●● CHRISTO­PHER Adam Seed, 18, of Ec­ton Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing and driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance. He was given a com­mu­nity or­der with 100 hours un­paid work and banned for two years. ●● RE­BECCA Pratt, 33, of Old Mill Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault. She was sen­tenced to eight weeks in prison sus­pended for 18 months. ●● PHILIP Daniel Gowans, 37, of Barnaby Road, Poyn­ton, ad­mit­ted driv­ing while un­fit through drugs. He was fined £125 and banned for 12 months.

●● Sky lanterns can be air­borne for long dis­tances and cause fires, as well as dis­tress to wildlife, pets and live­stock, says the coun­cil

●● As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Guy Hin­dle

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