Police hail good work as crime falls
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.
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●● Assistant Chief Constable Guy Hindle