Statistics show Sheffield is one of England’s safest cities

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VIOLENT crime in Sheffield is the lowest among the country’s biggest cities outside London.

Figures show at the end of the 2012, levels of violent crime were 10.59 per 1,000 people which is lower than all of England’s other major cities.

Sheffield City Council said some of this is down to the safe culture that exists in Sheffield – as well as the effectiveness of the city’s services in addressing how and why young people get into crime.

The Council wants the situation to improve further and recognises that problems do still exist – for example only recently a teenager was sentenced to ten years custody for various violence related crimes.

Its new ‘No More Wasted Lives’ programme, through Home Office funding, is looking to expand upon and dig deeper into the heart of gang culture and continue to good work in Sheffield.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said the aim of ‘No More Wasted Lives’ is to keep Sheffield’s streets among the safest in the country.

She said: “Sheffield is the fourth biggest city in the country but our levels of gang crime are very low compared to the other major cities.

“This was highlighted 18 months ago when Sheffield was not affected by riots while other large cities were.

“We cannot, though, avoid the fact that in 2010-11, there were approximately 13,000 emergency hospital admissions for assault among 13-24 year olds in the UK - one in seven involved a knife or sharp object.

“As part of No More Wasted Lives we will look to continue and highlight the good work of organisations in keeping Sheffield’s streets safe – including the NHS, the Police, Council Services, voluntary and community groups and many more. We will also look further into how gang crime can be prevented.”