Violent crime down more than a third

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VIOLENT crime in Whitley Bay has fallen by more than a third, latest police figures reveal.

Officers say credit for the dramatic drop is due to closer co-operation with pubs and clubs, and bars serving beer in plastic glasses to prevent troublemakers glassing each other.

On top of that, more crimes are being cracked in Whitley Bay than almost anywhere else in Northumbria Police’s patch.

Officers in the town have scored a detection rate of 53 per cent, the latest meeting of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade was told.

Sgt Dave Foy, pictured, told traders crime had fallen by three per cent overall this financial year compared to the same period last year – a total of 49 fewer crimes.

Serious violent crime is down by 38 per cent, the meeting heard.

Sgt Foy said: “There have been eight fewer victims.

“These are victims of the most serious offences, such as glassing, where it can be serious wounds that are involved.

“It’s a life changing injury so it’s most important that sort of crime is reduced.”

Burglaries are also down by 38 per cent – 20 fewer incidents – and vehicle crime has fallen by nine per cent.

Criminal damage has been reduced by 11 per cent – down to 343 incidents from 389 – and anti-social behaviour by youths has fallen by almost a fifth – a drop of 193 incidents to 831.

Sgt Foy said: “I appreciate that fall might not be for everybody, but, overall, reports are going down.

“There is still work to be done as there are 831 people who have felt the necessity to call us.”

Shoplifting has increased by 19 per cent, but Sgt Foy said that was down to a stronger partnership work with traders, especially through the Shopwatch scheme.

The overall detection rate is 53 per cent.