Vi­o­lent crime soars as other of­fences fall

Macclesfield Express - - GROSVENOR CENTRE ROW - STU­ART GREER

VI­O­LENT crime has risen by al­most 20 per cent, ac­cord­ing to new po­lice fig­ures.

There were 12,611 vi­o­lent of­fences across the county be­tween Septem­ber 2014 and 2015, com­pared to 10,383 for the pre­vi­ous year.

This in­cludes 5,801 crimes where the vic­tim suf­fered in­jury – a rise of 14pc com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 12-month pe­riod.

How­ever, over­all crime lev­els con­tinue to fall, with a one per cent re­duc­tion to 52,841 of­fences.

Cheshire Po­lice says it recorded the fifth largest re­duc­tion in crime across all the forces in Eng­land and Wales – and is only one of two forces in the North West to see a fall in fig­ures.

This in­cludes the big­gest re­duc­tion in recorded bur­glary of­fences in Eng­land and Wales, which was down 19pc.

There have been fur­ther sig­nif­i­cant falls in ‘ac­quis­i­tive crimes’ - ve­hi­cle of­fences were down 17pc, theft 12pc, rob­bery 5pc, drug of­fences 3pc and crim­i­nal dam­age 2pc.

There was also a steep rise in the num­ber of peo­ple caught with an weapon, up 18pc to 308 of­fences, and pub­lic or­der crimes were up 19pc to 2,551.

Po­lice also re­vealed a large spike in the num­ber of sex­ual of­fences, up 29pc to 1,317, which the force claims is due to vic­tims’ in­creas­ing con­fi­dence in re­port­ing th­ese types of crimes.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Guy Hin­dle said: “It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that this fig­ure in­cludes all types of vi­o­lent crime – whether it re­sults in in­jury or not. This cov­ers ev­ery­thing from a low­er­level as­sault to the most se­ri­ous vi­o­lence.

“Vi­o­lent crime has been on the in­crease na­tion­ally for a num­ber of years al­beit Cheshire has seen a smaller in­crease. There are a num­ber of rea­sons for this – in­clud- ing an in­di­ca­tion that more peo­ple are con­fi­dent in re­port­ing a crime and mak­ing it eas­ier for vic­tims to re­port crime to the po­lice. This seems to be par­tic­u­larly true in re­spect of do­mes­tic abuse, a pri­or­ity for us.

“It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that crime in Cheshire re­mains at its low­est for 25 years and Cheshire is still one of the safest places to live in the coun­try. I want to re­as­sure Cheshire res­i­dents that we are com­mit­ted to tack­ling all forms of vi­o­lent crime − whether they re­sult in in­jury or not. Vi­o­lent crime is not ac­cept­able in any form, whether that takes place in the home or on the streets.”

●● Ch­ester (left) and Simba have been re­homed af­ter more than a year in foster homes

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