Sheffield tops the Peace Index for England

Pictured is South Yorks Police Chief Constable David Crompton talking to The Star today about the release of the 'Hillsborough Papers'
Pictured is South Yorks Police Chief Constable David Crompton talking to The Star today about the release of the 'Hillsborough Papers'
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Sheffield emerged this week as the most peaceful urban area in England.

Using data on murder and violent crime per head of population, Sheffield was top of the Peace Index, and second only to Cardiff when cities across the UK were assessed.

Figures from the International Institute of Economics and Peace indicated that the whole country has become significantly less violent over the last ten years, despite public perception.

They were published as South Yorkshire Police said crime had fallen by 7% over the last 12 months.

Violent crime dropped by 6% and there was a big reductions, 15% and 13%, respectively, in the theft of cars and reports of criminal damage.

At the same time, house burglaries went up by 8% and sexual offences by 2%.

And other figures indicated Sheffield still has a problem with anti-social behaviour. It was ranked 16th in a Government table of local authorities, while South Yorkshire Police were shown to be facing the second highest number of incidents of anti-social behaviour compared with other forces.

Overall, though, the latest crime statistics could be used to support claims by civic leaders that Sheffield is the safest city in the country.

South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton said: “It has been a difficult year for the force, but people have kept focused on the job in hand. When you add to that the scale of budget cuts we have had, we have done well to keep crime going down. Our ambition is to keep it going down.”

Police Commissioner Shaun Wright said he had set a “very challenging” target for the trend to continue.