By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 07 October 2013 Updated: 07/10 00:17
VIOLENT crime has fallen by 14.7 per cent across North Worcestershire this year.
Figures released this week show there were 706 incidents between April and September, compared to 828 in the same period last year.
As a whole, the West Mercia force - which includes Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire and Herefordshire - has seen a 13.9 drop in incidents while over the border in Warwickshire there has been an increase of 1.2 per cent in reported incidents.
Detective chief inspector Jason Wells, who co-ordinates measures to tackle violence crime across both forces, said: "Reducing violent incidents, especially those causing injury, will continue to be a priority for the police and our partners. These crimes cause immeasurable distress to victims and impact heavily on the wellbeing of our local communities.
"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.
"Warwickshire and West Mercia are generally safe and nice areas in which to live and work. Extreme acts of violence are few and far between and it’s pleasing the total number of incidents resulting in injury is continuing to fall.
"However, the police and our partners – including the general public – want to see further improvements and to that end, we remain totally committed."
Anyone wishing to report an incident can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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