East Lancashire sees rise in violent crime

East Lancashire sees rise in violent crime

East Lancashire sees rise in violent crime

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

MORE people fell victim to violent crime in East Lancashire last year, new figures revealed.

Across the region, ‘violence against the person’ offences – such as attempted murder, assault, and neglect – rocketed by an average of 9.5 per cent from 2012/13 to 2013/14.

Every town in East Lancashire recorded a rise of up to 14 per cent, data released by the Office for National Statistics showed.

In Blackburn with Darwen, 2,066 people were attacked, with more than half of the victims injured, up from 1,909 the year before, a rise of eight per cent.

In Burnley, the figure increased from 1,441 to 1,642 during the same period, a rise of 14 per cent.

Offences also increased by 14 per cent in Hyndburn, and Pendle, 10 per cent in the Ribble Valley, and six per cent in Rossendale.

Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones said the cost of living crisis, which has left some families reliant on food banks and struggling to pay the bills, could have contributed to the rise.

He added: “I was always told by police that they expected a rise in violence against the person, which has been rising, as austerity has impacted on the cost of living.

“The crisis has impacted on people’s daily lives and violence against the person has gone up, particularly domestic violence. The message has to go out that no matter how bad things are, violence is wrong and leads to terrible consequences, and can scar people for life.

“There are better ways to resolve issues.

“If people are struggling with money, they need to seek advice.”

Mr Jones said random attacks carried out by yobs should still be taken ‘very, very seriously’.

He added: “People have obviously got mental health problems when they engage in that sort of response.”

Nobody from Lancashire Police was available for comment.

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12:11pm Tue 19 Aug 14

GracesDad says...

The message has to go out that no matter how bad things are, violence is wrong and leads to terrible consequences

Only it doesn't lead to terrible consequences for the perpetrator though does it? They get tiny jail sentences or community service while the victims are left with serious psychological issues.

Harsher punishments would at least be a step in the right direction.
The message has to go out that no matter how bad things are, violence is wrong and leads to terrible consequences Only it doesn't lead to terrible consequences for the perpetrator though does it? They get tiny jail sentences or community service while the victims are left with serious psychological issues. Harsher punishments would at least be a step in the right direction. GracesDad
  • Score: 20

3:20pm Tue 19 Aug 14

juanbbien says...

Glorifying violence on Television and in nearly every cinema film doesn't help.
Glorifying violence on Television and in nearly every cinema film doesn't help. juanbbien
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4:36pm Tue 19 Aug 14

GracesDad says...

Taken from another story on the same day that this was one went to print:

A DAD who brandished a foot-long carving knife at the mother of his child has been spared jail.

The defendant, of Longton Road, Padiham, was sentenced to 10 months in custody, suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision, the Building Better Relationships programme and 100 hours’ unpaid work.

The mind boggles at the sentences being handed out to violent criminals. The article goes on to say: Carroll – who has 58 offences on his record, including violence.

The hard-working, law-abiding citizens of this country should not have to walk the same streets as scum like this!! Get him thrown in jail where he can consider his lifestyle!!!!!!!!!
Taken from another story on the same day that this was one went to print: A DAD who brandished a foot-long carving knife at the mother of his child has been spared jail. The defendant, of Longton Road, Padiham, was sentenced to 10 months in custody, suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision, the Building Better Relationships programme and 100 hours’ unpaid work. The mind boggles at the sentences being handed out to violent criminals. The article goes on to say: Carroll – who has 58 offences on his record, including violence. The hard-working, law-abiding citizens of this country should not have to walk the same streets as scum like this!! Get him thrown in jail where he can consider his lifestyle!!!!!!!!! GracesDad
  • Score: 8

9:41pm Tue 19 Aug 14

vicn1956 says...

The justice system-fit for purpose?
The justice system-fit for purpose? vicn1956
  • Score: 1

10:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

zabby says...

What percentage were race hate crimes
What percentage were race hate crimes zabby
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