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Thursday, 28 May 2015

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South Lakes 'best place to live' thanks to falling crime rate

FALLING crime rates have been welcomed by South Lakes council officials.

Cumbria Constabulary’s end of year report showed crime in the district has fallen by 15 per cent in the last year.

There were 3,540 reported crimes in the South Lakes between April 2012 and March 2013 – a drop of 622 compared to the previous 12 month period.

The trend mirrors the findings across Cumbria, which ranks as one of the safest areas in the UK following an overall drop in crime of 11 per cent.

South Lakeland District Council chief executive Lawrence Conway said: “The excellent work that our police, communities and partners do, is reflected in the significant downward trend shown in our latest crime statistics.

“South Lakeland District Council is proud to be involved. The safety of our whole community is paramount.

“These figures again demonstrate that South Lakeland continues to be the best place to live, work and explore.”

The number of violent crimes reported in the South Lakes is down almost 12 per cent to 812 over the previous year.

Assaults resulting in injury have dropped by more than a fifth, from 408 to 322.

Harassment and public disorder continues to reduce across South Lakeland, falling by 28.8 per cent, while antisocial behaviour has dropped by more than 10 per cent.

Superintendent Mark Pannone who is in charge of operational policing across South Cumbria, said: “These recent crime figures demonstrate exactly how safe South Lakeland is and why local residents should be proud of the area.

“A 15 per cent reduction in crime across the area is not an easy achievement and is testament to those who work to keep our communities safe.”

Chair of the South Lakeland Community Safety Partnership Hilary Stephenson said: “Over the last three years, it has been my pleasure to chair the SLCSP and it is remarkable statistics such as these that have made my job so rewarding.

“I do not underestimate the effort of all our partners who are involved in keeping South Lakeland communities safe and I am confident that this level commitment will continue.”


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