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Crime rates fall

Mon, 20 Jun 2011


Crime on the Isle of Man has fallen for the fourth consecutive year.

Thats' according to the Chief Constable's Annual Report.

2,826 crimes were recorded between May 2010 and May 2011.

It's a drop of 2.5% on last year and a fall of 16% on a three year average

However, the number of assaults on the Island's streets has risen.

In the last year, the figure rose by 15%, although it is still down on the three year average.

There were 327 offences, compared with 283 the year before.

Alcohol was a factor in over two thirds of cases and 88% of people committing assaults were beween the ages of 18 and 30.

One fifth of the people arrested were women and the report says this figure has grown by 5%.

Drug crimes on the Island were down over the period.

167 offences were recorded compared with 211 in 2009/10.

£101,000 worth of cocaine was seized by Manx police which is around £10,000 less than last year.

Seizures of heroin have declined but this is put down to an international shortage of the drug.

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