London 2012: Olympics 'caused' drop in crimes solved

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston
Image caption Nick Alston said London 2012 'diverted resources' from 'normal policing activities'

Fewer crimes were solved by police because they were busy dealing with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is claimed.

The 31,281 crimes solved in Essex in 2011/2012 fell to 27,038 in 2012/2013.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Nick Alston said the drop was partly caused by the Games.

He said the event was a "particular" challenge in which resources were "diverted" from "normal policing activities".

Hadleigh Farm in Essex hosted the Olympic mountain biking event.

In his annual report, Mr Alston said no Olympic-related crimes were recorded or arrests made during the mountain biking event.

The rate of crimes solved by the constabulary had since improved, Mr Alston said.

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