Overall crime rates fall throughout West Suffolk

Assistant chief constable Paul Marshall

Assistant chief constable Paul Marshall

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WEST Suffolk has seen a 2.3 per cent drop in crime over the last year, however rates of vehicle crime and assault have increased.

Figures released by Suffolk Police this week show West Suffolk saw a bigger reduction in crime than the county as a whole – it recorded a 1.5 per cent drop.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Marshall said: “It is extremely pleasing that for the sixth consecutive year, overall crime has fallen across the county.”

A dramatic 29 per cent increase in vehicle crime in Forest Heath caused an overall increase in that category for West Suffolk, despite the fact that both Babergh and Mid Suffolk both saw a small reduction.

Both St Edmundsbury and Babergh recorded a four per cent increase in assault, recording 1,491 and 855 cases respectively.

The largest decrease was seen in robbery, where a 32 per cent drop was recorded in West Suffolk despite a Suffolk-wide increase of nine per cent.

All districts recorded a sharp decline in criminal damage contributing to a 19.9 per cent fall across West Suffolk.

Domestic burglary also decreased by nine per cent in West Suffolk .

Joanna Spicer, chairman of Suffolk Police Authority, said: “This is very encouraging news.

“We are facing very challenging times financially and this decrease in crime figures across the county reflects our endeavours to secure an efficient and effective policing service for Suffolk and remain one of the lowest cost forces in the country.”