Crime Figures Soar For Norfolk

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a dramatic rise in crime across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Gun offences have increased by 53% with 66 firearms offences recorded in the Norfolk between April 2016 and March 2017. This compared to the 43 crimes over the same period in 2007/08. The only type of offences which fell in the year were non-domestic burglaries and criminal damage.

However, nearly all police forces in England recorded a rise in violence during the 12-month period - it isn't just in Norfolk. Statisticians have stressed that changes in police recorded crime are not necessarily a measure of changes in overall crime. Iain Bell, from the ONS, said: "changes in the way the police record crime have impacted heavily on trends in lower level violent crime."

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean said the Constabulary was working with other forces to tackle the burglary rise and stressed that Norfolk remained one of the safest places in the country.

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