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28 JAN

“This year has been a year like no other”

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

Community leaders are set to hear an update about policing across the Moorlands over the past 12 months. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's Community Overview & Scrutiny Panel, which will next be meeting on Monday (February 1), is set to be presented with an update from the area’s Neighbourhood Policing Team Commander.

Community leaders are set to hear an update about policing across the Moorlands over the past 12 months.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Community Overview & Scrutiny Panel, which will next be meeting on Monday (February 1), is set to be presented with an update from the area’s Neighbourhood Policing Team Commander.

In a report, which is included in the agenda documentation for next Monday’s online meeting, Chief Inspector Mark Thorley states: “Whilst I will provide my traditional summary of crime and ASB (anti social behaviour) data I will start by saying that this year has been a year like no other.

Coronavirus, and the three national lockdowns it has generated, led to many changes in the demand generated for the Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Last year, I reported a 15 per cent reduction in recorded crime. This year, I am pleased to report further crime reductions but add that, whilst some is down to the hard work of my team, some is also a direct consequence of the impact coronavirus has had on our community.

All crime in the Moorlands is down 10 per cent with 407 less crimes; while incident demand (calls for service) in the Moorlands is down three per cent with 495 fewer calls for service.

Crimes across all crime groups have reduced with the exception of ‘other violence,’ this is a group made up of many offences which shows an increase in three main areas, that being stalking, harassment and malicious communications.

The increase seen in ‘other violence’ is up 14 per cent and equates to 175 more crimes than the previous year, 1,410 – 1,235.

With regard to the three crime types mentioned this does not, as may be assumed, directly relate to significant increases in domestic abuse but can often be attributed to such as neighbour disputes and social media disagreements.

Domestic abuse across the Moorlands has overall seen a three per cent reduction which equates to 47 less incidents reported.

We have also seen reductions in domestic abuse repeat victims and perpetrators: Burglary residential – Last year I reported a reduction of 12 per cent, this year sees further reductions of 22 per cent, (33 less offences); Criminal damage – last year a 21 per cent reduction, this year a further reduction of 14 per cent (89 less offences); Theft from a Motor Vehicle – Last year a 40 per cent increase, this year a reduction of 34 per cent (54 less crimes); Theft of motor vehicles – Last year a nine per cent increase, this year a reduction of 24 per cent (18 less crimes).”

Inspector Thorley adds: “It should be noted that as ever, a small percentage of offenders can be responsible for a disproportionate number of crimes, as has been seen in Leek recently, with two men and a small number of people in Cheadle during the summer of 2020.

It has been the case that despite the Police bringing these repeat offenders to justice, the impact of coronavirus on the court system and prisons has meant delays in sentences that would previously have taken less time.”

Inspector Thorley’s report continues with outlining various topics such as: anti-social behaviour which has reduced by ten per cent in the Moorlands; a 43 per cent reduction in road traffic collisions; and how the force, and police nationally, have dealt with restrictions in place due to the pandemic.

He concludes his report stating: “So, a year very different to any other I have ever policed before, one that has at times been really challenging for my team and I, but one during which I have seen partners and ourselves pull together like I have not seen before, and for most of the time seen a greater community spirit than has been seen for many years.”

To read the full report, and also to find the link to view the Community Overview & Scrutiny Panel meeting live, or archived afterwards, find the meeting agenda for February 1 on the SMDC website.

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