crime falling

CRIME in Retford has fallen by 16 per cent in the past year, according to new statistics published by the Home Office this month.

Police say the published figures for between June 2011 and June 2011 also show reductions in the following:

n Theft of motor vehicles - down 50 per cent

n Sexual offences - down 46 per cent

n Violence against a person (with injury) - down 46 per cent

n Robbery - down 40 per cent

n Violence crime - down 36 per cent. The force says overall figures for the county show crime has fallen by 13 per cent, putting Notts Police joint highest with Leicestershire for crime reduction.

Asst Chief Constable Paul Broadbent said he was delighted with the figures but there was still a great deal of work to be done in the future.

“We have made massive inroads in reducing crime across the board and people are far less likely to be victims of crimes like burglary than they would have been just a year ago,” he said.

“But we still have far to go. The findings of a report released last week showed that we were guilty of repeated failings in protecting Casey Brittle, who was brutally beaten to death by her partner. “

“Had we stepped in and taken her case seriously, she may still be alive today.

“It’s a stark reminder of how crucial our role is in keeping people safe and preventing crime.”

He added: “We are determined not to become complacent and we continue to move forward. Our ambition remains to be the best force in the country by 2015 and we need to build on the significant reductions achieved so far this year and continue to serve the public to the highest possible standard.”