Violent crime levels down to record low

Vaughan Clarke
Vaughan Clarke

The number of violent crimes resulting in injuries being committed across East Northamptonshire has fallen to a record low.

Latest figures have revealed there were less than one crime per 1,000 residents across the district between May and July this year.

Annual figures have also shown a 42 per cent reduction in offences of violence with injury, with results from a 12-month period up to April this year showing 77 fewer incidents than the previous year.

East Northamptonshire sector commander Inspector Vaughan Clarke said the reduction was down to a combination of things, including an increase in the number of officers based in Rushden over the last few years from six to 35.

This has enabled him to always have four officers on the beat in Rushden town centre on Friday and Saturday nights.

He said there had been a sustained effort by his team to tackle trouble in the town centres at peak times, such as pub closing times.

He said: “I am delighted with the figures, they are the best we’ve ever had. People ought to feel safe in East Northamptonshire, we’ve got low crime levels and there has been a big reduction in violence resulting in injury.

“A big part of tackling violence is the visibility of having officers on the high street, it’s something we have been doing for a few years now.

“When dealing with violence there are less repeat offenders. We have identified a lot of potential victims and liaised with high risk offenders and discussed with them how they can deal with their problems.”

He also cited an increase in people drinking at home rather than going out to pubs.

Officers are also out in the other East Northamptonshire towns, including Raunds, Thrapston, Stanwick, Irthlingborough and Oundle.

He added: “We do have officers in these towns and people can come to talk to us about what their priorities are.”