PEOPLE living in Swadlincote are among the most likely in Derbyshire to become victims of violent crime or antisocial behaviour, surprise new figures have shown.
Part of the town also came rock bottom of the pile in the county in terms of GSCE results, with teenage pregnancies and underage alcohol-related hospital admissions also flagged up as a major problem in the area.
The data, which does not include Derby, was released by Derbyshire County Council as it seeks to ascertain which areas are most in need of support at a time of major budget cuts at the Labour-run authority.
The council ranked each part of the county in areas such as community safety, health and education.
Only three places in Derbyshire were said to have a worse violent crime rate than Swadlincote South, while the area was ranked ninth for areas blighted by antisocial behaviour.
Swadlincote councillor Mick Mulgrew said he was surprised by the figures.
The Labour councillor said further budget cuts would do nothing to help the situation but that the council’s hand had been forced by the Government.
He said: “I am really surprised to hear that is the case and clearly more money needs to be spent in the area, not cut. I thought crime was going down so it is surprising.
“But the problem is, the county council’s hand is being forced by central Government.”
There was yet more concerning news for the town’s education system, with Swadlincote North ranked last for the number of children achieving five A*-C GCSEs.
It comes less than a week after the William Allitt School, in Newhall, was placed into special measures, while the town’s Pingle School has also been criticised for its failings.
Derbyshire County Council insisted it was ‘working hard to support all three schools’ in the Swadlincote area and that progress was being made at the sites.