Serious violence on surge in Braintree district

Braintree and Witham Times: Serious violence on surge in Braintree district Serious violence on surge in Braintree district

Serious violent crime has increased by 40 per cent in the last year, according to worrying new statistics from Essex Police.

Statistics released ahead of the district’s latest public meeting with Essex police and crime commissioner, Nick Alston, last week showed there were 12 more offences recorded between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014, compared with the same period a year earlier.

Of the Braintree district’s 42 serious violent crimes, 14 have been attributed to the night-time economy.

GBH, attempted murder and causing death by driving are among the offences defined as serious violent crime.

Concerned residents claim a lack of police presence, slow response times and over lenient sentences have all contributed to the rise.

But Det Insp Alan Stevens, of Braintree CID, said only 23 of the 42 incidents were serious enough to be dealt with by his team.

Out of those 23 incidents, people were charged for 70 per cent of them, while 30 per cent were domestic related.

He said: “Overall, violent crime has decreased slightly, by 1.1 per cent.

“It can therefore be seen the Braintree district does not have an overly violent crime issue and still remains a safe place to visit and for people to enjoy an evening out.”

Overall crime in the district has fallen by 5.6 per cent, with 335 less offences recorded in 2013/14.

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4:17pm Thu 29 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

This report isn't at all confusing, is it?
This report isn't at all confusing, is it? /@|_|@\
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5:32pm Thu 29 May 14

Jack222 says...

Yep.

And it would help if we had a national comparison - it may or may not be going up in Braintree but as we don't have a national comparison it's meaningless...
Yep. And it would help if we had a national comparison - it may or may not be going up in Braintree but as we don't have a national comparison it's meaningless... Jack222
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6:32pm Thu 29 May 14

Plumber man says...

So there has been 12 more offences than last year and 14 of the current 42 have been attributed to the night time economy. ER HELLO so if the lights were on it may have prevented the 14 and you would of had 2 less crimes than last year
So there has been 12 more offences than last year and 14 of the current 42 have been attributed to the night time economy. ER HELLO so if the lights were on it may have prevented the 14 and you would of had 2 less crimes than last year Plumber man
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10:51am Fri 30 May 14

Fidget0610 says...

Plumber man wrote:
So there has been 12 more offences than last year and 14 of the current 42 have been attributed to the night time economy. ER HELLO so if the lights were on it may have prevented the 14 and you would of had 2 less crimes than last year
I disagree! I actually feel safer with the lights off because people don't really wanna go walking round the dark streets! I live next to a public alley way and everytime the lights are left on there are problems down said alley way! This includes an attack that had the alley shut off for over 12 hours! The lights are off and there's no trouble what so ever!
[quote][p][bold]Plumber man[/bold] wrote: So there has been 12 more offences than last year and 14 of the current 42 have been attributed to the night time economy. ER HELLO so if the lights were on it may have prevented the 14 and you would of had 2 less crimes than last year[/p][/quote]I disagree! I actually feel safer with the lights off because people don't really wanna go walking round the dark streets! I live next to a public alley way and everytime the lights are left on there are problems down said alley way! This includes an attack that had the alley shut off for over 12 hours! The lights are off and there's no trouble what so ever! Fidget0610
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2:37pm Fri 30 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Counter-intuitive though, wouldn't you say, Fidget? Not to say this isn't the case (I mean for counter-intuitive behaviour, simply look at quantum mechanics for heavens' sakes, right? :-O).
Counter-intuitive though, wouldn't you say, Fidget? Not to say this isn't the case (I mean for counter-intuitive behaviour, simply look at quantum mechanics for heavens' sakes, right? :-O). /@|_|@\
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3:20pm Fri 30 May 14

sKorch says...

Plumber man wrote:
So there has been 12 more offences than last year and 14 of the current 42 have been attributed to the night time economy. ER HELLO so if the lights were on it may have prevented the 14 and you would of had 2 less crimes than last year
Mr Plumber man,
I think you need to have a rethink.

Overall, Crime in the District has gone down by 5.6% or 335 offences.

Serious Crime has risen from 30 offences to 42 offences ( a rise of 40% or 12 Offences)

14 of these 42 Serious Offences have been attributed to the night time economy.

There is no mention of how many of the previous years 30 Serious Offences were attributed to the night time economy.

So sorry but you cannot say for certain that the Street Lights being off contibuted to the Serious Crime numbers.
[quote][p][bold]Plumber man[/bold] wrote: So there has been 12 more offences than last year and 14 of the current 42 have been attributed to the night time economy. ER HELLO so if the lights were on it may have prevented the 14 and you would of had 2 less crimes than last year[/p][/quote]Mr Plumber man, I think you need to have a rethink. Overall, Crime in the District has gone down by 5.6% or 335 offences. Serious Crime has risen from 30 offences to 42 offences ( a rise of 40% or 12 Offences) 14 of these 42 Serious Offences have been attributed to the night time economy. There is no mention of how many of the previous years 30 Serious Offences were attributed to the night time economy. So sorry but you cannot say for certain that the Street Lights being off contibuted to the Serious Crime numbers. sKorch
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