Police in northern England are facing rising crime levels because it has been harder hit by the recession than the South, the Chief Constable of Humberside Police has said.
Justine Curran said evidence showed shoplifters were stealing essential items such as food due to the impact of the economic downturn.
She said the poorest areas of Humberside showed the biggest rises in crime, which backed up her theory.
She said the latest crime figures showed a North-South divide, with rising numbers in the North and falling or stable statistics for the South.
The Chief Constable said: "We have done intelligence interviews with criminals suggesting that acquisitive crime like shoplifting is moving towards a focus on the theft of essential goods like food.
"Statistics support the fact that upturns in crime are being experienced in the North while levels in the South are remaining static, if not falling.
"We are not looking for excuses, but it is important that we understand the drivers of crime and that is why we have looked into the possibility of the recession hitting harder in the North, leading to these increases.
"We certainly know that in our area the biggest rises in crime have been in higher deprivation areas."
A Home Office spokesman said: "Under this Government, overall crime is down by more than 10%, according to both the independent Crime Survey and police recorded crime.
"The evidence is clear - police reform is working and crime is falling.
Police in Hull have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with a suspected burglary in Bransholme.
A call from a member of the public alerted police to a suspected burglary believed to be happening at the address.
On arrival, officers discovered a 14-year-old boy in the property who they arrested.
He remains in custody as officers continue their enquiries.
Humberside Police officers are among the fittest in the country after tests were carried out on forces across England.
Forty-three forces took part in fitness tests which will become mandatory later this year and Humberside were one of just two who boasted a 100% pass rate for both male and female officers.
On average one per-cent of male officers and eight per-cent of female officers failed the 15 metre bleep test.
Gwent, West Mercia/Warwickshire and the West Midlands were the country with pass rates of less than six per-cent.
The new fitness testing, which will become compulsory in September, was brought in after recommendations made by Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.
He recommended officers take a bleep test annually, with participants having to complete a 15-metre shuttle run in shorter and shorter periods.
Mr Winsor also recommended that from 2018 the tests should be made harder, using challenges based on the type of things an officer might face on duty, but this is being considered by the College of Policing in case it negatively impacts on women.
Three teenagers have been arrested after reports that they were firing at street lights on an estate in Hull.
The teens were arrested on Monday night after police received reports that they were shooting at street lights on the Orchard Park Estate.
An 18-year-old man and two boys aged sixteen and seventeen were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
Officers also recovered the rifle.
All three are still being questioned by police.
A man has been charged with causing death of Barton teenager Koen Allwood by dangerous driving.
Koen Allwood died when he was involved in a collision on Dam Road, Barton on November 13 last year.
A 15 year old girl, who was with Koen at the time of the collision was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary at the time.
A 23-year-old man, also from Barton has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of use of a motor vehicle with a cut in the tyre fabric, use of a motor vehicle with defective brakes and causing injury by dangerous driving.
The 23 year old man will be appearing at North Lincolnshire Magistrates court on April 29.
Another 23 year old man who was arrested was released without charge.
A two year old boy has died after falling into a pond at a house in East Yorkshire. The toddler was found unconscious in the water at the property in the village of Woodmansey, near Beverley on Monday. He was taken by air ambulance to the Hull Royal Infirmary, but died a short time later.
Following the incident a 29 year old woman was arrested, but she has since been released on police bail until the end of April. Humberside Police say the boy's family is being supported by specially trained officers.
An investigation is underway after thieves escaped with 4ft ornamental chimney! It was stolen from a front garden of a house in Crofts Hill in Flamborough.
The chimney which had sat in situ for the past 25 year was originally cream in colour but had weathered over the years. Police say the thieves would have had to use a vehicle to take it away due to its weight. The theft happened overnight Monday 24th February.
"Although this appears to be the only garden theft in the area, anyone with ornaments in their gardens are asked to try to secure them in some way or mark them with your postcode or another significant marker which would detract the thief from taking your property. "
Spokesman, Humberside police
The largest harbour crane in the UK will be arriving at Able Seaton Port tomorrow (Thursday), marking a step forward in Able UK’s expansion of its port in the Humber.
The multi-million pound Leibherr LHM600SHL mobile crane is being delivered from Rostock in Germany.
It is able to lift 208 tonnes, has a 58 metres radius with its hook height increased from the standard 45 metres to 64 metres, together with an increased fulcrum height in order to reach over tall structures such as semi-submersible oil rigs.
Humberside police have released an image of a man following a robbery at a post office in Bilton. The postmistress, who was alone in the shop in Main Road on February 17th, was said to have been "left terrified by the ordeal".
She had just cashed up when two men entered the shop, allegedly armed with some type of hammer, and used some force to break the protective glass shielding the postmistress. A coin dispenser was stolen and the two men got into a car and drove off.
The post office is situated on a busy main road and police are asking any motorists and people travelling past to contact them if they saw a blue coloured Mazda MX5 car parked outside the Post Office, then driving off, immediately after the incident. P
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove has announced that the policing precept for 2014/15 will increase by 1.99%, equating to £3.45 per annum for a Band D property.
They say the increase will generate £850,000, allowing up to 20 more police officers to continue to be employed, and investments made in mobile technology to keep officers out on patrol in their communities.