Crime figures ‘do not reflect all the work’ of local police

Belper’s MP has welcomed a new online tool which means that for the first time, local people can track what happened after a crime was committed in their neighbourhood.

Pauline Latham is encouraging people to log-on to Police.uk which has launched a new service allowing people to see what action Derbyshire Police has taken as a result, and whether offenders went to court.

Latest available figures, which relate to April, show there were 33 crimes under investigation in Belper in that month.

Four suspects were charged, 13 cases had insufficient evidence to proceed, two people were cautioned, four cases reached a local resolution, one court case was unable to proceed and one criminal was given a suspended prison sentence.

Mrs Latham said:“We are all used to reading the report in the papers when a crime is committed in the area.

“But local residents don’t just want to know that a crime has been committed, we want to know what is being done about it. Was someone arrested for the crime? Did it go to court?

“This new tool puts that information at our fingertips.”

The figures do not include information on the result of anti-social behaviour incidents reported to the police, which accounts for the majority of crimes committed in the town.

Overall there were 117 crimes in April, 61 of which were classed as anti-social behaviour.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “While we recognise that the public may find this website useful, police.uk does not reflect all of the work undertaken locally by Derbyshire police officers and their partners to reduce crime in the county.

“It also doesn’t include outcomes in relation to anti-social behaviour.”

To visit the website log-on to www.police.uk and type Belper into the search box.