Drug crime soars by 37% in west Suffolk
As more people were arrested on suspicion of dealing crack cocaine in Newmarket new figures showed drugs crime had soared by more than a third.
New figures from the Office of National Statistics show crime has climbed by 36.7 per cent in west Suffolk.
The ONS data revealed there were 652 drug-related offences between April 2017 and March 2018, including trafficking and dealing substances such as heroin and cocaine, as well as possession crimes.
Overall police recorded crime in west Suffolk jumped 13 per cent compared to 2016/17, but remains below the England and Wales average.
West Suffolk statistics:
- Gun and knife possession offences rose by 11 to 156
- Theft up by nine per cent
- A 27 per cent increase in sexual crimes
- Two homicides (murders of manslaughters)
- Seven cases of death or injury by dangerous driving
- Criminal damage, including arson and vandalising cars and houses, rose from 2,676 incidents in 2016/17 to 2,741
- 1,638 stalking and harassment reports
Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, said: "Overall, we need to remember that the level of crime in Suffolk is way below the nation average. But I am not complacent as there are some worrying trends revealed in the data.
"The increase in drugs related offences is a cause for serious concern. It is important that we are combating this head on, using a multi-agency approach."
He added he would continue to press the Home Office for fairer funding for the constabulary, whose officers have the highest workload in the country.