Website reveals Whitby’s crime hotspots

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OVER half of the crimes committed in Whitby in December were related to anti-social behaviour.

A new crime mapping website, launched by the Home Office, provides details of what types of crime have been committed and where.

It also gives details of which streets or areas the crimes occurred.

In Whitby 110 crimes were recorded for the month of December - 64 incidents were classed as anti-social behaviour, 15 as violent crime, four as vehicle crime and 27 as other crime which can include criminal damage, shoplifting and drugs.

There were no crimes recorded in the area under the categories of burglary and robbery for this period.

The most prolific streets for anti-social behaviour were Brunswick Street and Springhill where seven incidents on each street were recorded in December.

There were four incidents on both John Street and North Road and three on Windsor Terrace, Harrowing Drive, Meadowfields and New Quay Road.

On Belle Vue Terrace, Chubb Hill Road, Flowergate, Haggersgate and Helredale Road there were two incidents recorded.

Other incidents took place on Abbeville Avenue, Abbots Walk, Bridge Street, Castle Road, Crescent Avenue, Drake Close, Dundas Gardens, Esplanade, Gledhill Drive, Green Lane, Grove Street, Larpool Drive, Pannett Way, Queens Drive, Spital Bridge, Spring Vale, Station Avenue, Waterstead Crescent, Well Close Terrace and White Point Avenue.

Single incidents of vehicle crime were recorded on Abbots Road, Kirkham Close, Lockton Road and St. Andrew’s Road.

Three of the violent crimes recorded took place on Brunswick Street and a further three on Haggersgate. There were two on New Quay Road and two on The Ropery - the rest were on Abbots Walk, Bagdale, Flowergate, Shackleton Close and Stone Cross Road.

Figures for other recorded crimes say Brunswick Street was the busiest for police activity with three reported incidents, two incidents were reported for St Andrew’s Road, The Ropery and Windsor Terrace.

Just one ‘other crime’ was reported on Abbots Road, Abbots Walk, Bridge Street, Church Square, Church Street, Crescent Avenue, Dundas Gardens, Flowergate, Gledhill Drive, Grove Street, Holmstead Avenue, John Street, Ocean Road, Oswy Street, Park Terrace, Springhill, Welton Court and White Point Avenue.

Insp Mark Grange from Whitby Police said: “When you are looking at anti-social behaviour we are down 25 per cent on last year, that is 200 reports so it is very low for Whitby.

“The category also covers animals being left in cars and abandoned vehicles in addition to rowdy behaviour. In any town centre where there are licensed premises you will always have reports of anti-social behaviour because there are more people in that area.

“Before you could look at areas but this is specifically down to street level so it is a good way for people to inform themselves about what’s happening in their area and it is handy if you are moving to an area to see what the crime levels are.”