Violent crime robbery burglary increase in Shire suburban UK towns surpasses ...

Violent crime has sky-rocketed in suburban areas, with some Shire towns seeing an increase of over 140 per cent in the past four years.

National Crime Agency figures reveal the robbery rates in small towns have surpassed London as criminals target quieter, more affluent areas.

Experts have warned drug trafficking in Shire towns is on the rise because organised gangs are increasingly using supply routes known as 'country lines'.

An NCA report published in November 2017 confirms fears over suburban crime hotspots, showing an increase in drug trafficking, knife and acid attacks.

Violent crime has sky-rocketed in suburban areas, with some Shire towns seeing an increase of over 140 per cent in the past four years. File image used

Violent crime has sky-rocketed in suburban areas, with some Shire towns seeing an increase of over 140 per cent in the past four years. File image used

In Avon and Somerset violence against the person offences rose from 16,494 in 2013 to 40,234 in 2017 - an increase of 144 per cent.

Norfolk has also seen a surge, with figures going from 8,294 violent crimes in 2013 to 18,002 four years later (117 per cent).

Northamptonshire Police reported a 115 per cent rise in just four years, citing a nationwide increase in violent crime as one of the main reasons. 

Robberies are most common in the north west of England, figures show, with 6,038 in 2013 and 9,281 in 2017. The east of England appears to have the lowest robbery rates. 

Despite the rise in offences, it's bad news for victims as the same report reveals fewer than five per cent of robberies committed last year resulted in a conviction.

It was revealed last week that police did not solve a single burglary in more than 3,000 neighbourhoods in England and Wales last year.

In nearly one in ten areas across the country, no one was brought to justice for raids on residential and commercial properties.

There were no break-ins solved in 3,105 of the 34,250 neighbourhoods in 2017, analysis of local crime figures from forces in England and Wales reveals.

In the Northamptonshire town of Corby there were 64 robberies in 2017, but just seven people have been charged with offences so far.

The county's police force told The Sunday Times the spike in figures is 'in line with other parts of the country' and they are tackling it as a priority.

Meanwhile the Avon and Somerset force defended its decision to close down Bath's police station and sell the building to the university.

In Avon and Somerset violence against the person offences rose from 16,494 in 2013 to 40,234 in 2017 - an increase of 144 per cent. File image used

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