Figures present two sides of Sheffield

Tranquil scene: Sheffield's Peace Gardens
Tranquil scene: Sheffield's Peace Gardens
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Sheffield is the UK’s second most ‘peaceful’ city, according to a national study comparing figures including the number of murders and violent crime.

The ranking, behind only Cardiff, also includes factors such as numbers of police officers.

It comes just a week after police statistics showed Sheffield had the lowest rate of violent offences of any major UK city - with 10 incidents per 1,000 residents annually.

But, at the same time, figures have been released by the Government showing South Yorkshire Police dealt with the second-highest level of anti-social behaviour of any force - with 65.7 incidents per 1,000 people in 2012, behind only Greater Manchester.

Sheffield itself had 73.8 incidents per 1,000 people - the 16th worst area in England and Wales.

The contrasting figures sparked an influx of comments on The Star’s website and Facebook pages.

Reader Gary Pigott said: “Funnily enough South Yorkshire has also been voted second worst city for yob behaviour.”

Meanwhile, Ste Roe added: “Baghdad has less drama than Sheffield on a Saturday night.”

Maggie Herbert said: “Apart from silly teenagers and early twenties roaming round in the city late at night, there is much that’s admirable about our city and its friendly and kind people.

“I have lived here most of my life.”

Sheffield South East Labour MP Clive Betts said: “The issue of violence and homicides is clearly at the very serious end of criminal activity.

“Anti-social behaviour is low-level - although serious for those people affected - and Sheffield is generally a very safe place to live.”

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher said the figures show the Government is wrong in its plans to scrap ASBOs - which criminalise repeated acts of anti-social behaviour.

The Government says many ASBOs are breached, and is proposing a replacement which has a lower standard of proof.