CUMBRIA has seen a substantial increase in crime, new figures reveal.

The number of crimes reported in the county over the last year has jumped by almost 30 per cent on the previous 12 months.

The figures were revealed in an annual report published by police and crime commissioner Peter McCall.

He attributed the rise to changes in the way crime was recorded.

Mr McCall said: "As predicted at the end of 2018/2019, Cumbria saw an increase of 29% in recorded crime when compared to the previous year.

"Although this figure may initially raise concerns, it is important to understand the background to this larger than normal rise.

"Reported crime has increased across the UK as well as in Cumbria.

"The increase is mainly due to changes in the way that crime is now recorded and the HMICFRS have recently graded Cumbria Constabulary as Outstanding for crime recording, with only one other force in the country achieving such standard."

He added: " I am also assured by the Chief Constable that Cumbria is still as safe as it was

twelve months ago."