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Crime down over all across Cheshire East, but robberies up 26 per cent

Crime has fallen across Cheshire East, according to new figures. Cheshire Police recorded 18,968 crimes between October 2010 to September 2011, a fall of 1,335 (seven percent) than the previous year.

Crime has fallen across Cheshire East, according to new figures.

Cheshire Police recorded 18,968 crimes between October 2010 to September 2011, a fall of 1,335 (seven percent) than the previous year.

Statistics published this week show falls in: car crime (16pc) from 1,814 to 1,530; burglary (12pc) from 2,791 to 2,447; violent crime (three pc) from 3,820 to 3,691; theft (9 pc) from 7,574 to 6,883; and criminal damage (4 pc) from 4,038 to 3,891.

But police won't be happy by the steep rise in the number of robberies, up 26pc from 73 to 92.

There were a small rise in the number of sex offences from 248 to 250 and drugs crime rose from 714 to 779 (nine per cent), which police put down to proactive work by the force with the help of the public.

Meanwhile, the percentage of people who feel the police are dealing with local concerns has remained the same at 56 percent, and 58pc of people also feel the police and councils are dealing with issues, an increase of two percent.

Commenting on the figures, Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie said: "I hope the communities of Cheshire are pleased to see that crime continues to fall across the county but it is important that they know that we will never become complacent and it is vital that people actually feel safe and confident in the police.

"Working with our partner agencies we will continue to ensure that victims are given the help and support they need and we strive towards our ultimate aim of reducing re-offending. Although it remains an encouraging picture for Cheshire, there is always work to be done and we welcome feedback from the public in
order to understand what is important to them and how we can improve.

"There are still more challenging times ahead for the police service and we are committed to delivering the best possible service for the communities of
Cheshire while identifying areas where we can work more efficiently and effectively."

Cheshire Police's Eastern Division includes Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Crewe, Congleton, Knutsford and Nantwich.
 

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