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New figures highlight crime trends in area

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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NEW figures have revealed the main crime issues currently being tackled in parts of Burton and South Derbyshire.

The statistics, released via the police.co.uk website, showed that in June, the last month recorded in terms of data, there were 191 crimes reported in or around Burton town centre and 206 in and around Swadlincote.

In Burton, the main issues centred around antisocial behaviour.

Hotspot areas included Napier Street and High Street.

Other major issues were shoplifting and theft.

Staffordshire Police said that, following talks with people in the town, several main issues were identified that needed to be tackled.

These included street drinking and drugs.

In Swadlincote, antisocial behaviour and theft were also big issues.

In more outlying areas of the district, speeding was a major concern for residents.

So much so that police chiefs in the area have made it a priority over the coming months.

This will see officers conducting speed checks in hotspot areas as identified by residents, working with enforcement teams to provide education in relation to road safety and promoting community speedwatch schemes to residents and assisting them in setting up schemes where volunteers are available from within the community,

In Swadlincote, the figures showed that between May 2013 and June 2014, 146 crimes are still under investigation; no further action was taken on 718; 185 offenders were dealt with by police and 152 were dealt with via the courts.

In Burton, during the same time period, 156 cases remain under investigation, 910 required no further action, 201 offenders were dealt with via the police and 261 were dealt with via the courts.

More information is available online at police.co.uk

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