Crime figures hit a festive low across district

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THE festive season enjoyed a dip in crime figures for the Daventry district.

Data from Northamptonshire Police shows overall for the week starting December 24 there were 60 offences reported to police for the district. That equates to the third lowest week for crime in the past two years.

Only one incident of vehicle crime was reported, compared to a weekly average of 12 and anti-social behaviour reports were down.

On the other hand, there were 16 violent crimes (covering both violent behaviour in public places, and domestic violence) compared to a normal weekly average of 17.

There were nine reported burglaries – twice the average week’s figure of 4.5, possibly due to criminals targeting people’s homes for Christmas presents.

Insp David Spencer, commander for Daventry and South Northamptonshire, said: “Christmas and New Year was busy for us in Daventry and the district, but people were good natured and in good humour for the most part.

“We planned for this to be a busy period and we got the necessary resources in place which made the difference.

“Sometimes when you have a busy period there can be a bit of a backlog, but by January 2 we were back to normal here.”

With regard to the violent crime figures, Insp Spencer said: “Violent crime covers, among other things, fights in the town centre, domestic violence and fights in the home.

“Given the time of year, with people going out celebrating and the added pressures at home, keeping the figure at just below the normal average I think is a good result for us.”

Countywide Northamptonshire Police say that almost 600 calls had been taken by the Force Control Room between midnight and 6am on New Year’s Day.

Sgt Sally Trattle, of the force’s violence reduction team, said: “It was a busy evening but there were no serious incidents in any of our town centres, most were centered around public order.”