Crime Wednesday - Town Focus - Stoke On Trent
Hi and welcome to our weekly article ‘Crime Wednesday’ where we every week take a town somewhere is the UK and drive down into the stats for any crime in the area.
Today we are going to have a look at Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire.
Obviously, Stoke on Trent is famous for pottery, records go back as far as the 17th century, where the likes of Royal Doulton, Spode, Wedgewood and Minton have all had pottery foundries in the local area. One of the main advantages for the area was the local abundance of coal that made firing the furnaces more economical than having to ship coal from neighbouring counties. Other claims to fame for Stoke On Trent is the production of Iron and Steel and also Michelin Tyres had a massive factory that in the eighties employed over nine thousand workers.
So, lets have a look at the stats for crime in the town. We are basing our figures around the town centre as opposed to the whole area. Stoke on Trent covers a general area of 35+ square miles with a population of around half a million.
Over the last recorded six months the figures show that there is an average of 30 burglaries a month, April gave the highest figure with 33 recorded incidents. The majority of these was in the Shelton area of the town. Ashford Street and Queen Anne Street both had recorded incidents.
Off Church Street and the surrounding areas has seen a large presence of anti social behaviour being reported. This includes personal and environmental nuisance. The town in July recorded 118 Anti Social Incidents, with 40 of these in the area above Last March saw 32 reported incidents in the same area of the town.
Sadly the town has seen it fair share of serious crime with 19 reported incidents of Robbery since the beginning of the year, January was the highest month with seven reported incidents. These again were mostly around the Church Street Area.
As we are not from the town we would not know what is in this area, perhaps people who live in Stoke can make some comments below.
The figures look steady year on year for violent crime, last July there was 51 reported and this year 53 incidents. Violent Crime, also includes common assaults, GBH and sexual offences. between 30 and 50 offences look to be the norm for the town each month.
On average there is less than a dozen reported drug incidents a month in the town, which is perhaps great news, since doing Crime Wednesday, we have seen towns with smaller populations with higher drug related incidents, so perhaps Stoke on Trent has something to smile about.
Firearm and weapon incidents seem to be holding steady since December last year again around a dozen incidents a month, this includes knife crime as well as firearms.
Staffordshire Police is the authority behind looking after Stoke on Trent. In July they have charged 45 people with offences and 73 are still under investigation, Shaun Kerrigan is the Inspector for the local police force and now with the new telephone number of 101 it is easy to get hold of the guys who look after your town. Boothen Road Police station is the place to get involved in reducing the crime in the town. This is the station that controls the Neighbourhood Watch Schemes.
Many thanks for taking the time to read the review we have just done, if you want us to focus on your town one Wednesday, pop and email over with your name and the town, and we will do some digging for you.
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