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CRIME figures released this week show that during the first six months of the year, overall crime has fallen by six per cent in Derbyshire compared to the same period last year.

House burglary is down by 17 per cent, vehicle crime nine per cent and criminal damage nine per cent.

Violent crime is also bucking the trend with a 15 per cent reduction meaning there are 1,000 fewer victims of crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Alec Wood, said: “It’s very encouraging that half way through the year we are achieving such significant reductions in crime.

“We have experienced eight years of consecutive crime reduction in Derbyshire and when you think that we are achieving these results against a backdrop of budget cuts and harsh economic times it makes it even more remarkable.”