County tops safety figures

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NORFOLK residents can sleep safely after it was again announced that they live in the safest county in England.

Home Office figures released yesterday show that the county had come out on top yet again despite strong competition from Devon and Cornwall.

There was further good news when the figures revealed that even with the county’s outstanding performance, crime had been further reduced in the last year by 1 per cent.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the results were ‘very good news’.

“The force continues to do well and, while we will never be complacent, we are delighted that hard work and effective partnership working with local authorities and the public is paying off.

“The national average crime rate is 66 per 1,000 population and we have a significantly lower rate of 50 per 1,000.

“We aim to maintain this and to continue to impact on the crimes that cause most distress and harm to people.”

Norfolk is also in the top ten for detecting crimes, at number six. For serious acquisitive crimes it has the second fewest in the country, with just six per 1,000 population.