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Violent crime in Dartford and Gravesham up 14%

PUBLISHED: 15:49 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:49 22 July 2016

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Overall, the number of recorded crimes remained stable

Violent crime in Dartford and Gravesham has risen by 14 per cent, according to the latest data.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of recorded incidents of violence against the person rose from 3,926 in 2015 to 4,480 this year.

However, this was a smaller increase than the number of violent crimes recorded in England and Wales, which jumped by 27 per cent.

Meanwhile, sexual offences in Dartford and Gravesham rose by 12 per cent from 275 to 308 - although, once again, this was a smaller increase than for England and Wales (21 per cent).

There were also rises in theft from the person (21 per cent) and public order offences (16 per cent).

However, there was a 24 per cent drop in the number of burglaries, which fell from 1,912 to 1,456.

The level of overall crime in Dartford and Gravesham neither rose nor fell, in contrast with a nine per cent climb in recorded crime across England and Wales.

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