Crime verdict: A safe place to live

St Andrews Way, Leyland.
St Andrews Way, Leyland.

Leyland’s crime hotspots have been revealed, with anti-social behaviour causing the most problems in the town.

Figures from the Home Office show there were 216 incidents in December last year, with 11 of those taking place on the Tesco car park and surrounding areas.

The area around Tesco near Towngate was the scene of most crimes, with incidents including criminal damage and arson, violence, public disorder and weapons, drugs and thefts.

Coun Caleb Tomlinson, who represents Leyland town centre at South Ribble Borough Council, said: “I’m not at all surprised that area is the main hotspot, because gangs of youths tend to congregate around the car park, and it upsets the customers.

“Even if they just say something and it gets reported to police, it is recorded as a crime, even if no crime has been committed.

“Also, there are five pubs around that area, and a lot of people go out to celebrate around Christmas and new year, so you’d expect some public disorder.”

Statistics show there were two cases of anti-social behaviour, two criminal damage and arson incidents, one violent crime, two involving public disorder and weapons, one drugs, and three ‘other’ thefts in that hotspot, which can include bicycle thefts or thefts from people.

Coun Tomlinson added: “I don’t think these figures are a particular worry, especially for a month like December.

“You always get a bit of trouble anywhere you go, but I think the fact there were only two anti-social behaviour cases and two involving public disorder shows that Leyland is actually an exceptionally safe place to live.”

Anti-social behaviour topped the list of problems in Leyland, with 94 cases in December, and there were no robberies reported.

The website has also been updated this week to show which parks and other landmarks attract the most crime.

Worden Park was the scene of two crimes that month; one for anti-social behaviour and one violent crime.

There was one ‘other’ theft on the playing fields off Centurion Way; one anti-social behaviour case in Farington Hall Wood; and one ‘other’ theft near Asda at the top of Hough Lane.

St Andrews Way was the top street for crime, with 17 incidents including anti-social behaviour, shoplifting and violence.

Acting Chief Supt Graham Coulston-Herrmann said: “All crime has fallen by more than 30 per cent across Lancashire in the last five years.

“Serious acquisitive crime, which includes robbery and burglary, has fallen by almost 45 per cent and violent crime by almost 30 per cent.

“As well as the very active Community Safety Partnership we have dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Teams in our town centres alongside special constables who are part of the wider police family.”

In December 2010, there were 273 incidents listed on the database, compared to 216 in December 2011.

Coun Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Street Scene, said: “I’m very pleased that the crime rate in Leyland is continuing to fall. South Ribble is one of the safest places to live and work, and figures show that overall crime was down by 2.9 per cent year on year.”

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