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Falling Crime Figures Welcomed in Purbeck

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8:11am 18th January 2013

Reported crime has significantly dropped in Purbeck.

Figures for the 8 months at the end of last year show a fall of over a quarter - that's 393 fewer victims compared to the previous year.

There was also a 34 per cent reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour with 447 fewer reported incidents.

Many people took part in New Year's celebrations across Purbeck and the authorities have reported a low level of alcohol-related crime this year.

Inspector Tracey Baker of Dorset Police said "We are delighted that people were able to enjoy safe and crime-free celebrations this year.  Advice to drink responsibly seems to have been heeded with only two alcohol related crimes reported during the period.

"The first was an alleged assault in Swanage resulting from an incident between two young men.  Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured.  A 15 year old male is on Police bail until February in connection with this incident. The second was a criminal damage following an incident in Corfe Castle in relation to which a 20 year old man, who was arrested, has since agreed to pay for the damage he caused."

Councillor Ali Patrick, Local Economy and Social Issues Spokesperson for Purbeck District Council, said: "Swanage town centre was particularly busy, but the lack of incidents demonstrates the effectiveness of partnership working with St. John's Ambulance staff, youth workers, Swanage Pubwatch, Dorset Police, the District Council and community representatives.  They all worked together closely to make Purbeck a safe and enjoyable place to see in the New Year."

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