Violent crime ‘not rising’

Andy Coles and Jason Ablewhite

Andy Coles and Jason Ablewhite

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Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite believes there is no evidence to support the belief that violent crime is on the rise.

Despite recent figures showing violent crime in the city had risen by 15 per cent in a year, Mr Ablewhite believes low-level offences which result in no injuries are being classed incorrectly, therefore clouding the real picture.

Using the example of a light fracas in a local pub being recorded as a violent incident, Mr Ablewhite said: “I think generally there’s nothing that supports that violent crime is on the rise. It comes back to conversations we need to have with the Home Secretary about how crime statistics are recorded so that we get a very accurate picture.”

Mr Ablewhite said he will be a “man of the people” and will hold regular surgeries in Peterborough, so he is easily accessible.

His visit to the city last week came alongside his proposed deputy, Andy Coles, a city councillor in Peterborough.

Asked about the state of Peterborough’s roads and whether there has been an increase in collisions here, Mr Ablewhite said: “I’ve not seen anything with the statistics I’ve already had divulged that would say there’s anything specific about why there is an increase, or if there is an increase, in road traffic accidents in Peterborough.

“I’m fundamentally in favour of driving training when you’re just over the limit. Speed awareness courses are fantastic.”

Cllr Coles, a former officer with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years, said it will be a “dream come true” to represent Peterborough if his nomination as deputy is confirmed.