New figures show crime is still falling

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke, Lancashire Constabulary
Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke, Lancashire Constabulary

CRIME fell for the seventh year running last year.

Official Home Office figures show that total crime fell by seven per cent on Merseyside in 2012 - compared to 2011 - including significant reductions in drug offences, burglary, violence, vehicle crime and criminal damage.

Assistant chief constable Andy Cooke, said: “I am pleased to see that last year there were 6,885 less offences committed compared with the previous year. It’s reassuring to see such consistent falls in crime despite the challenges we currently face through reductions in our budget and loss of police officers and support staff.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said she was “extremely proud” of the 47.6 per cent crime reduction achieved since 2005.