The most DANGEROUS places to live in England and Wales

The top ten most dangerous areas of the country for violent crimes such as murders, sex attacks and thefts are almost all in the north of England, a new league table of misdemeanours revealed today.

Cleveland has the highest proportion of crime victims in England and Wales where almost one in ten people living in towns such as Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar have been targeted in the past year.

Six people in the area were murdered or killed there in a spate of violent crimes between Christmas and New Year 2019 alone.

Cleveland, where arson rates are four times the national average, is followed by nearby West Yorkshire in second, South Yorkshire in third, Durham in fourth and Humberside in fifth.

The northern-dominated group also includes Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Northumbria - with only Kent and London representing the south in the top ten.

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The safest of the 42 police force areas in England and Wales are Hertfordshire, West Mercia, Gloucestershire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Dyfed-Powys, Devon and Cornwall and North Yorkshire. 

The Home Office data covers five crime areas: arson, theft burglaries, sex offences and assaults. Drugs offences and crimes involving weapons are not included.

Each area was ranked by cases per 1,000 people, with Cleveland having the highest rate of 99.4 and North Yorkshire the lowest with 45.8. The average is around 60.

London, which has a rate of 80.3, is the area you are most likely to be stolen from or suffer a violent robbery.

In Cleveland there were six deaths after violent attacks last Christmas, including four murders.

Michael Deakin died after a fight in Stockton on December 27 2019 and Francis Betteridge, 62, died after a violent attack in Middlesbrough on the same day.

Two days later John Wright, 41, was murdered by Jordan Vaughan, 21, and in nearby Redcar Stacey Cooper, 34, was knifed to death on New Year's Eve. Her suspected murderer was found dead in a prison cell before his

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