Recorded crime...fell by 4%, continuing the long downward trend in crime since 1995, and dropping below 4m offences for the first time in 23 years.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said violent crime had fallen by 7%, including a 2% fall in robberies.
Acting Chief Constable Chris Weigh of the Lancashire force said the loss of front line officers had resulted in an “inevitable” increase in the number of offences being committed.
...with significant rises recorded in the last two years in metal thefts triggered by soaring commodity prices
Mobile phones deliberately left in pubs and clubs by Sussex Police to catch thieves were all returned.
Officers planted phones fitted with tracking devices in nine clubs and pubs in Hastings and St Leonards as part of Operation Mobli on Saturday night.
However the phones were handed in at the bar or security staff and not one was stolen.