Knife-point robberies fall

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KNIFE-POINT robberies have fallen by more than 18 per cent in Derbyshire, according to new figures.

Between October 2010 and September 2011, there were 110 crimes of this nature, compared to 135 for the same period the previous year - down 18.5 per cent. All robbery fell by 21.3 per cent from 836 incidents to 658.

Statistics published by the Home Office last week show a ten per cent increase in knife-point robberies nationally.

Derbyshire Police’s Head of Crime, Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Cotterill, said: “The decrease in robberies can be attributed to the efforts of the force in tackling this type of crime.

“Although these figures show a decrease in robberies, we are not complacent and we will continue to do everything we can to bring about further reductions.”

House burglaries fell from 3,733 between October 2008 and September 2010 to 3,359 for the same period the following year, a drop of ten per cent.

All crime fell by 4.9 per cent from 66,910 incidents to 63,630.