Violent crime falls in Torridge

Torridge Sector Inspector Andy Brock said the reduction in violent crime was 'encouraging'.

Torridge Sector Inspector Andy Brock said the reduction in violent crime was 'encouraging'. - Credit: Archant

Figures show the number of incidents have fallen nearly 20 per cent on last year.

THE number of violent crimes in Torridge is down nearly 20 per cent compared to this time last year.

There were 319 reported violence with injury offences in the last 12 months, a decline of 19.3 per cent on the year before.

However, violence without injury offences are up 2.9 per cent and public order offences have risen by 17.6 per cent in the same time period.

Andy Brock, sector inspector for Torridge, said despite how they appear at first glance, the figures were encouraging.

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“It could mean we are dealing with people before they become an assailant in a violent crime,” he said.

“We’re going out earlier in the evenings and we have more ways to deal with people by way of dispersal orders before trouble escalates.

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“Now we have to work to reduce public order offences, and work closely with licensees to prevent trouble. I hope this makes people realise we live in a safe place.”

The figures also show a decline in the number of drug offences, with a total of 77 possession of drugs incidents, down 19.8 per cent on last year.

Inspector Brock said: “This is the figure which worries me the most as these offences mostly come from stop checking people, and that’s what officers are out doing when they have time.

“Perhaps people are getting cleverer, or perhaps they are taking less drugs?

“We’re now looking to develop intelligence and I would urge people if they have a suspicion about people using drugs let us know.

“You may think it’s just a tiny bit of information but it could be the missing link we have been waiting for.”

Anyone who wishes to contact the police about drug offences can do so by calling non-emergency number 101.

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