Sheffield ‘Safe City’ statistics welcomed by MP and police

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POLICE and MP David Blunkett have welcomed the news Sheffield has England’s lowest violence rate of any large city.

The figures have boosted Sheffield’s continued reputation as the country’s safest city – with 10.59 violent crimes per 1,000 people in 2012, compared to a figure of 25.3 in the worst city, Nottingham.

Superintendent Peter Norman, South Yorkshire Police lead for violent crime, said: “As a force, this is our best performing crime type and area nationally.

“We will continue to make sustained reductions due to the excellent partnership relationships we have built up.”

Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough Labour MP David Blunkett, a former Home Secretary in the Blair Government, welcomed the figures.

He added: “I think the excellent partnership work which has been done between the police, the city council and other agencies including in the voluntary sector have clearly come to fruition.

“The previous government investment in tackling gang crime, which I know the new Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright is interested in supporting, have clearly had an impact on the figures.”

Mr Blunkett added: “It is good news for hard pressed communities that we are beginning to turn round the violence which has bedevilled the lives of too many.

“We’ve long said that Sheffield was the safest city in the country and these statistics underline that message.”

Officials at Sheffield Council say there is still work to do, particularly on violence involving young people.