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PCC responds to latest crime statistics for Norfolk

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released the latest crime figures for England and Wales, covering the 12-month period between January and December 2020.

In Norfolk, the statistics show for that period there was a slight decrease in overall crime and reductions in residential and business burglary, theft, criminal damage and violent injury offences.

Alongside these decreases, there were also increases in drug offences, public order offences, knife crime, non-injury violence and stalking and harassment.

In response to these latest figures, Giles Orpen-Smellie, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, said: “Monitoring the performance of Norfolk Constabulary against the priorities and needs of the county is at the heart of the role of the PCC and now that I am in post, I look forward to speaking to the Chief Constable to understand the full picture behind these and future statistics.

“Norfolk remains one of the safest counties to live and moving forward, I will work with my team and with the Constabulary to review and understand the bigger picture and if it becomes clear that improvements can be made I will be challenging the Chief Constable to do so.

“It follows that I will review such statistics again as I develop my Police and Crime Plan, which I will be beginning work on shortly.”

Read the latest ONS crime statistics