New figures indicate that crime across the North East has fallen slightly. The statistics, for the year to September, reflect the picture across the country.
Behind the headline, these police-recorded statistics paint a varied picture of crime across the region. Cleveland, North Yorkshire and Durham police all saw overall falls of between one and five per cent. Durham, though, experienced a substantial rise in sexual offences.
The Northumbria force saw a 1% rise in overall crime, which the force describes as 'marginal'. Domestic burglary increased by 8%.
Northumbria's Deputy Chief Constable Steve Ashman said:
Forces are keen to point out that the figures are already out of date.
Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, believes crime is now rising, partly as a result of austerity.
More broadly, questions remain over the reliability of police-recorded figures. Last week, the UK Statistics Authority stripped them of an official seal of approval.
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