Violence stats go down but warning issued to licensees

INCIDENTS of violence have gone down in Whitby despite growing complaints about the number of drinkers in the town.

At a community and policing (CAP) meeting held on Wednesday at the Mission PC Sara Webb said crime figures as a whole for January to July were down by 59 crimes compared to the same period last year.

She said: “We get a lot of complaints about hen and stag parties and people that have come to Whitby on pub trails

“We have got night marshalls and the price of booze going up contributes. Whatever the reason it is welcomed.”

But Coun Dorothy Clegg, who also sits on the licensing board warned licences could be reviewed if pubs were found to be serving people who were too drunk.

She said: “I am surprised at the public behaviour of people when they have had too much to drink.

“There are certain pubs where I wonder whether people are being served when they are too drunk to buy more alcohol.

“I will say this publicly as a member of the licensing board - their licences can be reviewed.”

The Home Office’s Annual Crime Statistics 2010/11 show a 0.6% increase, attributed to higher levels of crime in the first three months of this year.

Temporary deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick said: “This was the first year-on-year rise in recorded overall crime since 2003/04 and while this is ultimately a disappointing position, it must be taken with context of a long term reduction which has seen 20,000 fewer offences committed in North Yorkshire and York over the last six years.”

Between April and June 741 fewer crimes were recorded than this time last year, and indicator of how the police force has responded to the earlier rises.

Mr Madgwick added: “We have taken some very firm action in response to the small spike in crime and I am very satisfied to report it is now on a downward trend once more.

“A particular success has been our dedicated burglary reduction campaign Operation Haven, which is having a great impact on reducing offences and promoting key crime prevention messages to members of our communities.

“It is this type of proactive and intelligence-led policing activity, together with strong partnership working and engagement with the very people we serve, that will help to maintain the high quality of life in North Yorkshire.”