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UK Peace Index highlights violence rates 'falling across UK'

24 April 2013 Last updated at 19:35 BST

Rates of murder and violent crime have fallen more rapidly in the UK in the past decade than anywhere else in Western Europe, researchers say.

The UK Peace Index, from the Institute for Economics and Peace, found UK homicides per 100,000 people had fallen from 1.99 in 2003, to one in 2012.

It found Broadland, Norfolk, to be the most peaceful local council area but Lewisham, London, to be the least.

Mark Easton reports.