Crime falls across Nottinghamshire

CRIME is falling faster Nottinghamshire than anywhere else in the country according to the latest police figures.

The county’s police chiefs have set themselves a target of becoming the best performing force in the UK within four years after unveiling their latest Home Office-verified results.

Overall crime was reduced by 18 per cent in Ashfield and 16 per cent in Mansfield between June 2010 and June 2011.

The county-wide figure was 13 per cent, placing Nottinghamshire as the joint best performing force in the country for crime reduction.

House burglaries fell by 33 per cent in Ashfield and 40 percent in Mansfield, contributing to a force-wide drop of 38 per cent which was the highest reduction in the country.

Nottinghamshire also recorded the second highest reduction in robbery, down almost a quarter, and criminal damage, which fell by 19 per cent.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Broadbent said: “We have made massive inroads in reducing crime across the board and people are far less likely to be victims of crimes like burglary than they would have been just a year ago.”

Mr Broadbent admitted the force still has ‘far to go’, and pointed to the repeated failings in protecting Casey Brittle, who was brutally beaten to death by her partner in Nottingham.

“We are determined not to become complacent and we continue to move forward,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Our ambition remains to be the best force in the country by 2015 and we need to build on the significant reductions achieved so far this year and continue to serve the public to the highest possible standard.”

In Ashfield robbery was reduced by 42 per cent, serious sexual offences down 28 per cent and vehicle crime slashed by a quarter.

In Mansfield, the number of assaults fell by 33 per cent, vehicle crime was slashed by 24 per cent, thefts of motor vehicles were down by a fifth, violence against a person was cut by 19 per cent and violent crime by 18 per cent.