Eastwood’s crime update

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Sex offences and violence against people were among the crimes which saw the biggest increase in Eastwood compared to the same period last year.

Between April and October this year, 14 sex offences were committed compared to just five last year, and 135 violent acts againat persons compared to just 96 in 2013.

The number of house burglaries and vehicle crime had also increased from last year.

However, in the same period, the number of theft and handling of stolen goods was halved from 14 incidents to just seven and reports of anti-social behaviour dropped from 279 to 223.

Crime rates in Eastwood South were considerably higher than in Eastwood North, with 22 burglaries in Eastwood South and just two in Eastwood North.

The police claimed that the difference in crime rates was due to the higher volume of people and social housing in south Eastwood than in the north of the town.

The inspector added: “A lot of the people committing the crimes are on benefits and using drugs, and a lot of the violence is due to drug debts.”

Therefore the police are working hard to tackle drugs in the area with the hope that this will improve crime rates in Eastwood South.