Violent crime reducing in Rotherham

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Violent attacks in Rotherham have reduced by almost a third over the last year, according to new figures.

Between October 2011 and 2012 there were 142 acts of violence reported in the town compared to 98 over the last year - a reduction of 31 per cent.

Chief Inspector Ian Womersley, of South Yorkshire Police, said the reduction was down to a ‘determination’ of police and partners to make Rotherham ‘a really safe, happy and healthy place to live, be educated, work in and visit’.

“We recognise that Rotherham has its problems, and we are not being complacent. However, this success is not to be underestimated,” he said.

“This huge cut in violent crime rates is down to the hard work of police officers and staff, who are constantly striving to make Rotherham a safer place to live.”

Chf Insp Womersley said police officers were focused on reducing alcohol-related violence by carrying out high-visibility patrols in the town centre.

He said: “Police officers are using a ‘get out of town’ notice when individuals are likely to become involved in alcohol-related violence. These notices are issued under the Violent Crime Reduction Act and can be enforced for 48 hours.

“Any person issued a notice will be followed by CCTV and, if they fail to comply, they will be arrested. Anyone issued with such a notice is now getting advice and support regarding alcohol issues.”

In a new crackdown officers will be working more closely with CCTV operators.