Overall crime increased across Suffolk and Essex last year Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant Robberies soared by more than two thirds in Suffolk last year – as new figures revealed an overall increase in recorded crime across the county. Police recorded a 37% increase in robbery to 436 recorded between September 2017 and 2018, according to the latest annual figures released by the Office for National Statistics.Overall crime increased by 5.8% in Suffolk – against an 8% rise across England and Wales. The rate of crime per 1,000 residents remains lower in Suffolk (71.1) than on average across the country (86.4).While weapons possession increased by 18% to 421, offences involving the actual use of knives or sharp instruments fell by 15% – although the reported fall is likely to be related more to how crime is recorded than the number of offences having taken place, and police are working with the Home Office on a way of better reflecting the proportion of crimes in future data.David Cutler at the Suffolk Constabulary HQ in Martlesham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThere were also falls in other types of crime, including and drugs and public order offences (both down 7% to 1,360 and 4,944).In… Read full this story
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