CRIME in Ashfield has fallen according to new figures released by Nottinghamshire Police this week.
The district has seen a drop in the incidents of reported crime from 11,175 between April 2009 and March 2010 to 8,676 for the same period this year - which is an overall decrease of just over 22 per cent.
The areas which saw the biggest drop included robbery which fell by almost 44 per cent from 114 incidents in 2009/10 to 64 in 2010/11, theft from a motor vehicle fell from 853 to 542, while vehicle crime fell from 1,206 to 779.
The only crime that saw an increase was drugs offences which rose by 38 per cent from 226 in 2009/10 to last year.
But police chiefs say that this sharp increase is largely due the seizure of £2.2million of drugs throughout the county as a result of public information gathered from Crimestoppers, which allows people to report suspicious activity anonymously.
Throughout A Division, which includes the Mansfield and Ashfield areas, crime was down by 20 per cent with a decrease of 4,152 offences.
And across the county, Nottinghamshire Police has reported a 14 per cent drop in crime from 98,319 incidents 2009/10 to 84,329 for 2010/11.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Broadbent said: “I recognise that there are significant challenges ahead, with savings of more than £40million required over the next four years, but we are determined to protect front line services to continue to lock up criminals and keep the public safe.”