Lancashire

Recorded crime in Lancashire falls by 3.1%

The number of recorded offences in Lancashire has fallen by 3% over the past year, according to the latest crime statistics.

Figures released also show a drop in robberies, racially motivated crimes and burglaries on the previous year.

Between April 2011 and March 2012, there were 11,000 cases of people being injured through violence, a rise of nearly 6%.

Lancashire's chief constable thanked his force for its work.

Steve Finnigan praised the organisation's "dedication" and "commitment" amid challenges caused by budget cuts.

'Anticipate more'

Overall, reports of crime fell by 3.1% - from 102,496 between April 2010 and March 2011 to 99,336 between April 2011 and March 2012.

Mr Finnigan had previously expressed concerns over keeping crime figures down, as the force has cut more than 600 employees since April 2009.

He said: "Our officers and staff remain dedicated to keeping Lancashire and its residents safe; our commitment to providing a first-class service to the communities of the county is unwavering.

"The constabulary has had to make a number of cuts over the past year and we anticipate more in the future, so we have a challenge ahead of us."

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