MP’s praise for county’s convictions

Philip Hollobone MP
Philip Hollobone MP

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone has praised the county’s police force and prosecution services after it was revealed that Northamptonshire has above average conviction rates for burglars.

The figures show that the county boasts almost four per cent more successful convictions, involving burglaries, than the average across England and Wales.

Mr Hollobone said that he was impressed with the statistics.

He said: “I would like to extend my thanks to the prosecution services and Northamptonshire Police.

“They have worked tremendously hard to gain impressive conviction rates.

“However, burglary is a crime that we would always like to see less of, so there is always room for improvement.”

The statistics show that between 2011 and 2012 there were 227 succesful burglary convictions in Northamptonshire, which equates to an 89 per cent success rate. The average success rate for England and Wales during the same time period was 85.6 per cent.

The figures were revealed when the Kettering MP asked the Attorney General for the figures in the House of Commons. Mr Hollobone said that he had asked for the information as he felt that it was very important to know about crime rates in the county.

Chief Inspector Mark Evans, of the police offender management team, said: “We work hard to tackle burglaries through Operation Guardian.

“Initiatives are taking place across the county to protect people from burglars who target homes filled with gifts over the festive season.”