North of England crime surge due to 'county lines' drug gangs

Crimewave UK: North of England has most crime-ridden regions in the country after surge in 'county lines' drug gangs sees suburbs plagued by violence, new figures reveal West Yorkshire topped the list with 128 crimes per 1,000 people in 12 months  Data from ONS put London joint 11th for crime figures alongside Gwent, Wales But the capital had the highest number of thefts and robberies per 1,000 people

By David Barrett For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:00 GMT, 31 December 2019 | Updated: 07:30 GMT, 1 January 2020

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The most crime-ridden regions of England are in the North, latest figures from police forces have revealed, as a surge in 'county lines' drug gangs has seen the suburbs plagued by violence.

West Yorkshire topped the list of shame, with 128 crimes per 1,000 people during the 12 months to June.

Despite London being gripped by its worst murder toll in more than a decade that saw 146 people killed on its streets during the year, its crime figures placed it joint 11th, alongside Gwent in Wales. However, the capital had the highest number of thefts and robberies, with just under 50 offences per 1,000 people.

Data from the Office For National Statistics (ONS), which did not include fraud offences,

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