Violent crime continues to fall in Northamptonshire

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Violent crime is at its lowest level in Northamptonshire in ‘recent history’, police say.

On the day a host of influential people gathered at police headquarters to discuss ways they can help reduce violent crime in the county, figures just released show the force is making progress in this area.

A spokesman said: “Last week, there were fewer violent crimes reported to the police than at any 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.

“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.”

Northamptonshire Police claims it is currently the second most rapidly improving force in England and Wales (out of 43 forces) in terms of violence reductions.

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.

“In this performance year, which ends at the beginning of April, that translates into 861 fewer victims of violent crime, which is excellent news for Northamptonshire.”

Police and Crime Commissioner 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 to but I remain confident that we will achieve the 40 per cent reduction I set out to achieve when I took up office.”