Attack numbers push violent crime figures up

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VIOLENT crime has gone up by more than 10 per cent in Lancashire.

The number of attacks in the county have risen from 1,199 incidents to 1,323 year-on-year.

But police bosses said overall crime in the county had dropped over the last 12 months.

In Western Division, which covers Blackpool and Fylde, there were 19,691 in 2010 to 2011, compared to 20,233 the previous year.

That equates to a drop of 542 or 2.7 per cent.

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “These figures clearly demonstrate that, even in these challenging times, our commitment to providing a first-class service to the communities of Lancashire is unwavering.

“But we are aware the task to reduce crime still further will become progressively more challenging as we seek to do more with significantly fewer resources.”