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CRIME in Scarborough has fallen by 16 per cent, new figures have shown.

Between April and September, faw fewer assaults and serious acquisitive crimes in the borough were reported compared to the same period last year.

Cllr Brian Simpson, Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, will announce the figures at a full council meeting on Monday.

He said yesterday: “It’s very good news and I’m very pleased and encouraged by these figures.

“It’s not just one agency or one set of people that is responsible, I think it’s due to the multi-agency approach that we’re taking. Its success has been borne out by these figures.

“I think sometimes the perception amongst the public is a different ball game but I hope these figures will dispel a lot of myths.

“People need to realise that crime is falling and we live in quite a safe area. We have an outstanding police team working across our local communities.”

The figures show assaults with less serious injuries are down by 12 per cent.

Assaults involving more serious violence are down by 53 per cent, from 40 offences to 19.

Serious acquisitive crime has reduced by 22 per cent and within the category, the number of domestic burglaries has fallen by 26 per cent.

Instances of criminal damage in the borough also dropped by 20 per cent in the period.

Tony Quinn, Scarborough’s safer neighbourhood inspector, said the police and their partners should be proud of the significant drop in crime.

He added: “The reduction in violent crime reflects some of the work we and the Community Safety Partnership have done by concentrating on key areas such as domestic violence and alcohol related crime.

“The reduction in criminal damage is particularly pleasing as it’s usually a senseless crime from which nobody benefits.

“I am certain the reduction is directly linked to all the efforts that have been put into tackling underage drinking.

“There is still a lot to do including tackling street drinkers and drug dealing, however, we are aware of these problems and will continue with our efforts to reduce them in the way we have reduced other problems.”

Reports of anti-social behaviour made to the police fell by three per cent.

Reports on the council’s anti-social behaviour line dropped by 43 per cent, although the council taking more of the calls by answer phone may have meant fewer people reported incidents.