Police claim violent crime ‘is at lowest point in recent history’

Generic images from Sussex Police
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There were fewer violent crimes reported to Northamptonshire Police last week than at any time in recent history, the force has said.

The weekly figure of 109 crimes compares with a typical weekly average of 142 and is the lowest figure, in a single week, since modern crime recording standards were introduced more than a decade ago.

Police say most of the incidents were “relatively minor,” and did not involve any injury. The figures are for the entire county and include incidents of common assault without injury, domestic disputes and harassment, along with more serious assaults.

Northamptonshire Police is currently the second most improved force in England and Wales in terms of violence reductions.

Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “The police and crime commissioner set me a challenging target of a 40 per cent reduction in violent crime by 2016. So far a 23 per cent reduction has been achieved.

“In this performance year, which ends at the beginning of April, that translates into 861 fewer victims of violent crime, which is excellent news for Northamptonshire.”