KNIFEPOINT robberies have fallen by 18.5 per cent in Derbyshire over the last year, according to new figures.
Some 110 incidents were reported to the force between October 2010 and September 2011 – compared to 135 for the same period the year before.
All robberies fell by 21.3 per cent from 836 incidents to 658.
Detective Chf Supt Steve Cotterill said: “The decrease can be attributed to the efforts of the force in tackling this type of crime. It’s also about educating young people around the dangers of carrying knives and how serious an offence robbery is.”