Crime falls - but violence up

VIOLENT crime in Suffolk has risen five per cent in the past six months - despite a drop in offences overall. Police admit they are “disappointed” by the performance but put the increase down to the summer and “unique” factors such as the World Cup, when traditionally more alcohol is consumed.

VIOLENT crime in Suffolk has risen five per cent in the past six months - despite a drop in offences overall.

Police admit they are “disappointed” by the performance but put the increase down to the summer and “unique” factors such as the World Cup, when traditionally more alcohol is consumed.

The force recorded 292 more violent offences during the first six months of this financial year compared to the previous year - up from 5,802 to 6,094.

But overall crime fell from 27,115 to 26,781 (-1.2pc) during the period.