Violent crime in Northamptonshire up by 3,785 in just one year

Violent crime has soared with 3,785 more recorded incidents in the county compared to the same period last year

Violent crime has soared with 3,785 more recorded incidents in the county compared to the same period last year

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Violent crime has soared with 3,785 more recorded incidents in the county compared to the same period last year.

But despite the county seeing a “significant increase in incidents of violent crime”, police say the rise in such offences is down to changes in how crimes are recorded.

The current levels are unacceptable, and I want police to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to those committing violence offences.

Adam Simmonds

Latest figures show there were 11,133 recorded violent offences across Northamptonshire in the year up to March 22 this year. This is an increase of 3,785 (51.5 per cent) on the previous 12 months.

The figures come from a report by the county’s police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds due to be discussed by the police and crime panel on Tuesday.

It says violent crime now makes up 25 per cent of all crimes recorded.

While violent crime with serious injury has fallen, lower level crimes like violent incidents without injury have increased.

The report also states about a third of all violent crime is domestic abuse, an area which the force is working hard to tackle. It is actively encouraging more victims to come forward and report it.

The report by Mr Simmonds says: “Reducing violent crime remains a key priority for the force, and is at the heart of making Northamptonshire the safest place in England.

“The current levels are unacceptable, and I want police to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to those committing violence offences.

“Violence takes many different forms and requires us to be creative to address the problems in the long term.”

Violent crime is an area the force has been focusing on recently, including Operation Limit, a high profile month of police activity to cut violent crime held throughout February.

Dozens of arrests and successful initiatives saw the operation extended into March.