Axe Valley still 'a safe place to live'

PUBLISHED: 06:51 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:25 28 January 2016

Seaton Police Station. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Seaton Police Station. Picture CHRIS CARSON

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Annual crime figure remain about the same

Crime levels in the Axe Valley remained roughly the same last year – down in some areas and slightly up in others.

Axminster town’s overall recorded figures were up by 6.9 per cent from 304 to 325 while Seaton town’s remained static at 216.

In the rural policing division, Axminster’s recorded incidents were also up by 11.5 per cent from 148 to 165, but Seaton’s rural patch, which includes Colyton, was down 14.5 per cent from 124 to 106. In Axminster itself, the most prolific offence investigated was criminal damage, although that still showed a decrease on 2014 of 6.9 per cent, down from 72 to 67.

Three rape cases were amongst the most serious offences, up by one, but other sexual offences were down by a significant 85.7 per cent from seven to just one.

In the rural patch, there was one murder, the circumstances of which are still being investigated, and theft constituted the most prolific crime, up 32.1 per cent from 28 to 37.

Seaton town’s statistics showed a 500 per cent increase in non-dwelling burglaries, from five to 30, but drugs offences were down 75 per cent, from four to just one.

In the rural division, burglaries fell by 50 per cent to just two and public order offences were down 85.7 per cent, from seven to one.

Main statistics were: Axminster Town: Victim based crime minus domestic abuse (DA): 2015 – 254; 2014 - 229, up 10.9 per cent. Violence against the person not DA: 2015 – 80; 2014 - 62; up 29 per cent. Axminster rural: Victim based crime minus domestic abuse: 2015 – 126; 2014 – 120, up 5 per cent.

Violence against the person not DA: 2015 – 14; 2014 – 18, down 22.2 per cent.

Seaton Town: Victim based crime minus domestic abuse: 2015 – 141; 2014 – 159, down 11.3 per cent. Violence against the person not DA: 2015 - 23; 2014 - 39, down 41 per cent.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said “Crime continues to remain low in the area and this is down to hard working officers and the strong relationship we have forged with the local communities in the Axminster and Seaton area.

“These areas, as with the rest of Devon and Cornwall, remain a safe place to live, and we will continue to work hard to keep it that way.”

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