Breaking: Crime in South Yorkshire down for sixth year running

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CRIME in South Yorkshire has fallen for the sixth consecutive year - with nearly 2,000 fewer offences recorded over the last 12 months.

Annual figures, released today by South Yorkshire Police, show that between April 2011 and the end of last month there were 100,852 crimes recorded - down by 1,889 offences compared to the previous year.

Violent crime fell by 12 per cent, with 15,050 offences recorded and vehicle crime dropped by eight per cent, with 11,315 offences logged.

But house burglaries went up by six per cent - a rise of 405 crimes - with 7,654 offence recorded.

And metal theft offences leapt by 24 per cent - 957 crimes - to 4,933.

Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson said: “These are challenging times for the police service but today’s figures show our ongoing commitment to tackle crime and keep people safe. This year has also seen an eight per cent drop in anti-social behaviour incidents across the force, demonstrating our efforts to address the issues that matter to local communities.

“Maintaining this performance will not be easy but we’ll continue to use our resources as effectively as possible to deliver the best possible service to people in South Yorkshire.”

See The Star tomorrow for readction and more details.