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Devon and Cornwall crime figures show 6% reduction

Crime has fallen by almost 6% in Devon and Cornwall in the past year and 30% in the past five years, according to figures released by police.

There was an 8% rise in sexual offences which the force said was down to work they had done to encourage more victims to come forward.

Drug crimes increased by a similar amount which it said reflected the work it had done to target offenders.

Vehicle crime has fallen by 14% and domestic burglaries by 2%.

Chief Constable Stephen Otter said: "We want to reassure those who live and work in our area that crime is falling and that they can be confident we are delivering a very effective police service."

The figures show 87% of people were very satisfied or fairly satisfied with their experience with the force.

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