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North Yorkshire is the lowest crime area in England according to new figures.

There were a total of 35,615 crimes in North Yorkshire giving a crime rate of 44.2 per 1,000 of the population.

While this reflects a 3% rise in crime compared to the same period last year, it is below the 6% national increase

The Office of National Statistics’ figures for North Yorkshire show that the following crime brackets are down - domestic burglary, vehicle offences, theft, drugs and possession of weapons.

However, there has been a 29% increase in sexual offences which is being attributed to historical cases such as the Saville and Jaconelli cases.

Violence against the person has risen by 22% but this is being attributed to changes in the way it is recorded.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “It is very pleasing that North Yorkshire remains the safest and lowest crime area in England.

“This is the result of hard work and determination by the many people connected to North Yorkshire Police.”