Violent crime rate is as high as Manchester

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Northamptonshire has the fourth highest rate of violent offences in the country, according to the latest figures.

Fifteen violent crimes were committed per 1,000 population in 2011-12 – the same as Greater Manchester, Cleveland and Humberside – with 10,398 recorded crimes according to Home Office figures.

Only the Metropolitan Police, Hampshire and North Wales forces saw higher rates.

The British Crime Survey figures also revealed there were 2,509 house burglaries – or 86 per 10,000 households.

And there were 1,202 thefts of motor vehicles along with 3,499 thefts from motor vehicles.

Chief Insp Andy Cox from Northamptonshire Police said: “We do not recognise the picture of Northamptonshire as a violent place and we are determined to address this increase in violent crime offences.

“Since April we have had an operation in place to specifically tackle violence and this is leading to results.

“Operation Challenge has already seen an 8.7 per cent fall in violent offences in Northamptonshire compared with this time last year. That is 270 fewer victims of crime.”

The figures show 72 people in every 1,000 in the county were victims of crime last year. There were increases in the number of offences of violence and robbery compared to the year before, while the number of burglaries fell.

Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: “The broader context for these figures is that, over the past nine years, crime has fallen in Northamptonshire by 37 per cent – that amounts to 29,014 fewer recorded crimes.”