Violent crime falls across the county

Figures have been released which show that the amount of violent crimes reported to police have fallen.

Last week, there were fewer violent crimes reported to the police, they said, than at any other time in recent history.

The weekly figure of 109 crimes compares with a typical weekly average of 142 and is the lowest figure, in a single week, since modern crime recording standards were introduced more than a decade ago.

Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “I am delighted with the performance in this area, and am grateful for the hard work of officers and partner agencies in delivering these results.

“The Police and Crime Commissioner set me a challenging target of a 40 per cent reduction in violent crime by 2016. So far a 23 per cent reduction has been achieved.”

Most incidents reported were relatively minor, and did not involve any injury. The figures are for the entire county and include incidents of common assault without injury, domestic disputes and harassment, along with a couple of more serious assaults.

A summit was held on Tuesday to discuss ways to reduce violent crime further.

The police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, Adam Simmonds, said: “At today’s summit the commitment I saw from across the board to help reduce violent crime has been immensely encouraging.

“We still have a lot of hard work to do but I remain confident that we will achieve the 40 per cent reduction I set out to achieve when I took up office.”