Crimes in county continue decline

Crime in Northumberland has seen a reduction of eight per cent over the past year, according to new figures released by the police.

Northumbria Police’s annual figures show a reduction in the county of 859 offences.

The number of offences are down in most crime categories including violent crime, 12 per cent, drugs, 15 per cent, burglary, nine per cent, and serious acquisitive crime, 11 per cent.

Sexual offences and racially/religiously aggravated offences have seen the biggest reductions, with both offences down by more than 40 per cent, while sexual offences are down by 90 and racially/religiously aggravated by 22.

Superintendent Gillian Mitchell, of Northumberland area command, said: “Total crime continues to fall each year in Northumberland and this year is no exception.

“We are committed to responding to issues that affect our community and I hope residents are reassured by the fact that total crime is falling.

“We have the largest geographical area in the force and we still achieve these reductions in crimes thanks to the hard work, dedication and commitment of all officers and staff.

“Our work with partners and the communities has also played a key part in bringing about these reductions.”