CRIME FIGURES: Reported crimes in Worcester down by almost half
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THE number of crimes reported in Worcester in the first month of the year was down by almost half compared to a year ago, new figures show.
A total of 503 crimes were reported in Worcester in January according to the latest West Mercia Police figures – down from 998 in January last year.
Almost a third of the reported crimes were in the Cathedral area which covers most of the city centre as well as Barbourne, Shrub Hill and Diglis.
A total of 68 reports of violence and sexual offences were made in the Cathedral policing area in January as well as 22 public order offences and 17 reports of shoplifting.
The number of crimes reported in the Cathedral fell from 453 in January last year to 163 in the first month of this year.
The most crimes in Worcester were reported in Angel Street in the city centre which actually saw relatively few crimes reported for most of last year.
A total of 32 crimes were reported in the month including 20 reports of anti-social behaviour, eight reports of violence and sexual offences and two public order offences.
Battenhall and Nunnery saw the number of crimes reported only fall slightly compared to the same time last year with 113 reported in January compared to 121 crimes.
Seventy five reports of violence and sexual offences were made as well as seven reports of criminal damage and arson and six reports of shoplifting in January.
As many as 75 crimes were reported in the Arboretum and Claines area in January compared to 158 crimes in the same month last year.
There were 32 reports of violence and sexual offences as well as 11 reports of criminal damage and arson. Eleven reports of shoplifting were also made in the month.
The number of crimes reported in St John’s and Bedwardine fell by almost half from 114 last January to 62 at the start of the year.
Police figures show there were 34 reports of violence and sexual offences in St John’s and Bedwardine in January as well as six reports of criminal damage and arson. Five burglaries were also reported.
The number of crimes reported in Warndon fell to 90 from 152 crimes last year including 44 reports of violence and sexual offences, ten reports of shoplifting and nine reports of criminal damage and arson.
Words: Christian Barnett, Local Democracy Reporter
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