Crime down in North Somerset

CRIME across North Somerset is on a downward trend, according to the latest figures.

CRIME across North Somerset is on a downward trend, according to the latest figures.

During 2007/8 there were 13,885, which was the lowest total for recorded crime since 1999.

The statistics also represent a 20 per cent reduction on the previous year's figures.

During the first six months of this year there were more than 200 fewer victims and the lowest levels of actual bodily harm were recorded last month in the district for five years.

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Overall crime has continued to fall and the half-year results also show there has been a 3.3 per cent reduction in reported offences.

North Somerset Superintendent Chris Weigold said: "In terms of the key area of assaults where injury has been caused, which would be the typical fight in the street, or punches thrown resulting in physical injury, the reduction has been particularly significant.

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During 2007/08 there was a reduction of almost 30 per cent with 579 fewer victims.

Last year, the Weston & Somerset Mercury ran its award-winning Safer Summer Nights campaign, which helped to raise awareness of the part alcohol plays in violent crime.

Officers carried out high visibility patrols in hot spots areas, working with licensees and door staff and with volunteer Street Pastors to help ensure the town was a safe place to have a fun night out.

Supt Weigold added: "My aim is to make people feel safe as well as be safe and as such am delighted that the latest figures show that levels of violence are falling across North Somerset.

"The greatest reduction in terms of assaults has occurred in the town centre.

"This is a reflection on all the positive work being carried out in partnership with the council, which will continue to drive violent crime down even further in the future.

"Weston is a great place to live, work and socialise and the good news is that it is truly becoming safer.

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