VIOLENT crime is down in South Warwickshire, according to new figures released by police.
The half-yearly figures for April to September show 538 violent crimes were reported to police this year, down 3.2 per cent from the 555 reported during the same period last year.
This compares to North Warwickshire, where violent crime is up 4.4 per cent from 780 reports last year, to 815 this year.
Warwickshire Police splits its operation into two regions, North and South Warwickshire.
However, across the border in both North and South Worcestershire, violent crime is down 14 per cent.
Detective Chief Inspector Jason Wells, the officer co-ordinating measures to tackle violent crime across the Warwickshire and West Mercia police alliance, said the latest figures were encouraging but still too high.
“Nearly 50 per cent of violent incidents are alcohol-related and officers across our two forces have been working hard to reduce offences which impact on the night-time economy and on people wishing to enjoy a night out.
“Thousands of beer mats, posters and flyers have been distributed during recent weeks under the theme of ‘Call Time on Violent Crime’ urging people to drink sensibly, to stay safe and to keep out of trouble.”
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