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Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Cleethorpes constituency, the effects on that constituency of his Department’s policies since 1997. (315242)

The Home Office has introduced a range of policies and initiatives since 1997. However, it is not always possible to quantify their effects particularly at constituency level. The available statistical information therefore relates to North East Lincolnshire.

In terms of police recorded crime in North East Lincolnshire, between 2002-03 and 2008-09, total recorded crime fell by 26 per cent. More specifically:

Violence against the person—up 16 per cent. (down 1 per cent. in last year)

Sexual offences—down 30 per cent. (up 8 per cent. in last year)

Robbery—down 33 per cent. (down 17 per cent. in last year)

Burglary—down 38 per cent. (down 5 per cent. in last year)

Offences against vehicles—down 62 per cent. (down 41 per cent. in last year)

Other theft offences—down 12 per cent. (up 3 per cent. in last year)

Criminal damage—down 17 per cent. (down 18 per cent. in last year)

Drug offences—up 16 per cent. (down 26 per cent. in last year) (there has been increased recording of drug offences which was mainly attributable to the increased use of police powers to issue cannabis warnings).

Data prior to 2002-03 are not directly comparable because of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. Additionally, no data at borough level is available prior to 1998-99.

Cleethorpes comes within the North East Lincolnshire Basic Command Unit. North East Lincolnshire BCU had 263 police officers as at 30 March 2009. The number of police officers has decreased by 115 since 2003. This decrease in numbers is due to the transfer of various functions from divisions to central services i.e. Command Centres, Traffic Units etc. Also, the recruitment of civilian Investigation Officers and Detention Officers across Humberside Police Force has contributed to the drop in police officer numbers. Comparisons with 1997 for North East Lincolnshire BCU are not available. There were 49 Police Community Support Officers as at 30 March 2009 while there were none in existence in 1997.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 saw positive effects with the statutory duty to create a Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP). The CDRP (Safer Communities North East Lincolnshire) has brought new ways of working in a cross cutting way with the police, council and other key stakeholders and genuine partnership working to help tackle complex issues.

The CDRP paved the way for a number of community safety initiatives which have benefited Cleethorpes. North East Lincolnshire has received funding under the Home Office Crime Reduction Programme and successor initiatives including the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund and the Basic Command Unit Fund. It has also benefited from other targeted Home Office funding streams which support work on drugs and alcohol harm reduction, domestic abuse, neighbourhood crime and justice, and antisocial behaviour.

The Home Office Partnership Support Programme helped review CDRP delivery structures and the future strategic development of the district’s CCTV system. North East Lincolnshire is currently in receipt of funding from the Vigilance Programme which is helping to accelerate the development of Integrated Offender Management. This is seen as the next step in achieving further sustainable reductions in crime across the district.

Before 1997 there were no bespoke powers to tackle antisocial behaviour but there are now a range of powers to deal with this issue. These include Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Designated Public Places Orders (DPPO) from the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

North East Lincolnshire’s CDRP and wider partnership approach has been recognised nationally as effective practice. For example, the delivery of its Family Intervention Programme, which joins-up the resources of several Government Departments, and its work on reducing antisocial behaviour and providing visible neighbourhood justice.

The Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 Census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at: