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FIGURES released have shown Northamptonshire has the lowest re-offending rate in the country.

Only 7.42 per cent of criminals re-offended in the year up to last October – less half of the rate of some other probation trust areas. It has been put down to the work of probation officers, drug and alcohol treatment programmes and police working well together.

John Budd, interim chief executive of Northamptonshire Probation Trust (NPT), said: “If there are fewer offenders re-offending, there are fewer victims. There are very good partnership arrangements. Probation and police work well together. Probation and the voluntary sector work well together.

“Almost everyone will come out at some point. Only about 25 to 30 offenders in the entire country will never come out.”