Ups and downs in latest crime rates

Rothwell, Harrington Rd, police cordon around travellers site scene of an aggravated burglary. 'Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Rothwell, Harrington Rd, police cordon around travellers site scene of an aggravated burglary. 'Tuesday, 04 October 2011

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The latest crime figures for four county towns have been released.

In Burton Latimer, there was a sharp rise in incidents of almost 50 per cent last year compared with 2010, while Desborough saw a reduction of nearly 15 per cent.

Rothwell saw 21 per cent more crimes during the same period, but incidents in Barton Seagrave fell by four per cent.

With only 140 crimes committed last year in Barton Seagrave, it is the most crime-free place to live.

Fergus MacDonald, chairman of Burton Latimer Town Council, said: “I don’t think we’re unduly concerned by the rise in the town.

“Of course, it’s always concerning for any organisation when there is a rise in crime, but the figures show that they are relatively minor crimes.

“Some of the increases, particularly theft, could be due to lack of thought from the victim, such as leaving their bike on show.

“I’m confident that the police are on top of the crime figures, and I’m sure if any trend emerges we will be on top of it. I think the figures also come fairly heavily from the Christmas period, when crime tends to rise.”

The figures were released and debated at the A6 Towns Forum at the beginning of the month.

The statistics cover the period January to December 2011, and compare incident rates to the year before.

In the same period, all four towns recorded a reduction in anti-social behaviour.

Desborough saw the biggest drop in anti-social incidents, with a 33 per cent reduction.