60% of crime is unresolved

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Only 76 crimes out of 187 have been resolved in Leyland.

New figures show that of all the crimes reported between January and April in the town, 111 are still under investigation.

Crime maps on the police.uk website, which show the town’s hotspots and most common types of offences, have now been updated to show members of the public what the outcomes were too.

The statistics for April, which are the most up-to-date figures, show that of the 187 cases, only 24 suspects were charged; 20 offenders were given cautions; and six offenders were given a conditional discharge.

Ten offenders were given a community sentence, one was deprived of property, and one was sent to prison.

The person was sent to prison after a shoplifting incident on or near Harrock Road.

Property was confiscated following a drugs incident near Lancastergate.

Two people were also fined in April - one for a drugs offence near Broadfield Drive, and another for a separate, violent crime, near St Andrews Way.

Other outcomes include ‘local resolutions’, where the offender has been put in contact with those affected ‘to repair the harm done and find a positive way forward’, which happened on five occasions that month.

There were also two cases of the defendant being found not guilty - one for a burglary on Egerton Road in March, and one for a burglary at Broadgreen Close in February.

Four court cases were unable to proceed, and one offender was ‘otherwise dealt with’.

A police spokesman said: “The figures represent a detection rate of around 40% which, nationally, is very good.

“Leyland has its own dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team and benefits from low levels of crime and good detection rates.

“Despite this, we are working hard to reduce crime even further in Leyland and bring more and more offenders to justice.”

Although anti-social behaviour cases are not included in the outcomes, that was still the biggest issue in Leyland in April, with 121 incidents reported to police.

There were 12 burglaries, 13 shoplifting incidents, seven drugs cases, and no robberies.

St Andrews Way, near Tesco, was the biggest hotspot, with 20 reports of crime, including anti-social behaviour, violent crime, and shoplifting.