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Latest statistics reveal 36.7% jump in drugs-related crime in west Suffolk




Drug crime in west Suffolk has soared by more than a third, according to latest police recorded crime figures.

Haverhill, Suffolk. Police and partner agencies carrying out a day of action in Haverhill, with road checks being carried out on vehicles in Meadows Car Park. The operation was conducted by officers from the Scorpion Teams, the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Specialist Operations including Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operation Unit, Dog Unit, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, Drugs Team together with partner agencies DVSA, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Suffok Roadsafe. ..Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY. (3220331)
Haverhill, Suffolk. Police and partner agencies carrying out a day of action in Haverhill, with road checks being carried out on vehicles in Meadows Car Park. The operation was conducted by officers from the Scorpion Teams, the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Specialist Operations including Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operation Unit, Dog Unit, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, Drugs Team together with partner agencies DVSA, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Suffok Roadsafe. ..Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY. (3220331)

The Office of National Statistics data reveals there were 652 drugs-related offences between April 2017 and March 2018, including trafficking and dealing substances such as heroin and cocaine, as well as possession crimes.

The figure is an increase of 36.7 per cent on 2016/17, when 477 incidents were recorded.

Overall police recorded crime in west Suffolk increased in 2017/18, with 21,147 crimes recorded – a 13 per cent jump on 2016/17.

There were 57 crimes per 1,000 residents in 2017/18, which is below the England and Wales average of 82.

West Suffolk statistics:

  • Gun and knife possession offences rose by 11 to 156
  • There were 1,368 residential burglaries reported. Due to a change in how the ONS categorises burglaries the localised figures cannot be compared with other years
  • Theft up by nine per cent
  • Two homicides (murders or manslaughters)
  • Seven cases of death or injury by dangerous driving
  • Criminal damage, including arson and vandalising cars and houses, rose from 2,676 incidents in 2016/17 to 2,741
  • 830 sexual crimes in 2017/18 – 27 per cent up on 2016/17, when 654 were recorded
  • 1,638 stalking and harassment reports

Superindent Kim Warner, county policing commander for the west, said: “Analysis of the figures indicates that the key driving factors for the increases include a tighter focus on crime data integrity, new and emerging crime categories, more third party reporting and that – more so than ever before – a belief that victims of crime feel confident reporting crimes to us.”

Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, said: “Overall, we need to remember that the level of crime in Suffolk is way below the national average. But I am not complacent as there are some worrying trends revealed in the data.

“The increase in drugs-related offences is a cause for serious concern. It is important that we are combating this head on, using a multi-agency approach.”

He added he would continue to press the Home Office for fairer funding for the constabulary, whose officers have the highest workload in the country.