Park Hill crime study is winner

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STUDENTS’ plans for economic regeneration in Sheffield have been presented to the city council.

Third year economics students at The University of Sheffield devised 15 projects, addressing problems ranging from homelessness to the lack of a central business district in the city.

A judging panel decided a study into the redevelopment of Park Hill flats, and its effect on crime rates, was the winning project.

Students found crime rates have fallen from 624 in 2006 to 309 in 2011 with just 224 recorded so far in 2012.

Professor David Cuberes, economics lecturer, said: “The winning project carried out a very thoughtful and careful analysis of the real effects economic regeneration can have on a city’s level of crime.”