Suffolk/Essex: Can we trust new police figures which show a general fall in crime?

Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, backed Suffolk Constabulary to produce reli

Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, backed Suffolk Constabulary to produce reliable crime statistics. - Credit: Archant

Police chiefs in Suffolk last night defended the accuracy of new figures which showed a significant fall in crime amid nationwide concern that police crime data is unreliable.

Police recorded crime in Suffolk fell by 8% to a total of 35,857 in the 12 months to June 2014, statistics published the Office for National Statistics showed yesterday.

It was the only county in the east of England where a fall in crime was recorded. There were falls in theft, robbery and vehicle crime, but a 12% rise in recorded sexual offences.

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