Uttlesford police are leading the way in solving crime

PUBLISHED: 12:42 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 25 June 2018

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Police working in Uttlesford solved the highest percentage of crimes across England and Wales last year, according to an investigation by a national newspaper.

Officers in the district solved 26 per cent of crimes, compared to South Cambridgeshire where fewer than five per cent of crime resulted in offenders being caught.

The Sunday Times also revealed that, across England and Wales, fewer than five per cent of street robberies and burglaries were being solved.

The newspaper has mapped every neighbourhood to provide a local snapshot of the 4.7million crimes committed in 2017 and the proportion solved.

Police data revealed that the proportion of suspects who were caught and punished for all crimes in England and Wales had more than halved over the past five years to nine per cent.

The investigation also revealed that four per cent of robberies were solved last year, compared with nine per cent in 2013. The burglary detection rate fell during the same period from six per cent to three per cent.

The Sunday Times said in more than 1,000 neighbourhoods with at least 30 crimes, the police failed to catch and punish any of the suspects.

The figures revealed that Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, South Buckinghamshire, South Cambridgeshire and Blackpool were among the areas with the lowest rates of solved crime.

In Uttlesford, however, the data showed that more than one in four crimes resulted in an offender being caught – the most successful rate in the nation.

Meanwhile, a leaked government document in April warned that criminals may have been “encouraged” by a fall in police numbers and prosecution rates.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman on crime recording and statistics, said police had improved the way they recorded crimes, which included those with “no suspect and little prospect of a criminal justice outcome”.

Police forces provide crime data for data.police.uk, which is cross-referenced with Ministry of Justice files. It provides a detailed record of every crime, and whether the crime has been solved, with the offenders caught and convicted or given another penalty.

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