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Violent injury figures 'good news for citizens'

Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.

Cardiff University looked at data from almost a third of emergency departments and found a 12% fall in injuries from violent incidents in 2013.

Speaking to the BBC, the report's lead author, Professor Jonathan Shepherd, said: "It's good news for citizens, it's good news for communities."

He also suggested that a key factor in the drop was that alcohol had become less affordable in recent years, leading to a decline in overall consumption and binge drinking.

  • 23 Apr 2014
  • From the section UK
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