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Sharp rise in violent crime across Derbyshire

Derbyshire Police

Figures show violent crime in Derbyshire has risen by nearly a third

Data released by the Office For National Statistics show crimes of this nature have increased by 31% in the last year, while serious knife crime has gone up by 5%.

Across England and Wales police recorded a 19% rise in violent crime and a 6% rise in knife offences.

Rachel Swann, Deputy Chief Constable at Derbyshire police, said: “In Derbyshire, we have seen an overall increase in the reporting of violent crime in 2018, compared to the year before. However, the chances of becoming a victim of knife crime or a serious assault in our county remain low. That said, a rise in crime of course concerns us as a force.

“We have been taking a proactive stance to tackle knife crime for some time now through Project Zao. This has involved working with primary and secondary schools, diversionary activities and positive engagement with young people.

“From next week we will be carrying out new targeted patrols and knife sweeps in public places.

“Last month more than 500 knives or blades were handed in as part of an amnesty run in the county, taking potentially lethal weapons off our streets.

“We’ve also been working with our partners in the local authority educating retailers on their obligations regarding underage knife sales, and carrying out test purchases and taking enforcement action where necessary.

“We are focused on this issue and will continue to take action to keep our county safe.”

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