Cleveland Police in Yorkshire face higher crime rates than anywhere else in the country, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS has compiled crime figures per 100,000 people in the year leading up to June 2021 for areas of force across England and Wales.
He revealed that Cleveland Police emerged with the highest figure with 114.9 recorded crimes per 100,000 people, The Sun reports.
A map showing the police forces in England and Wales, colored by their respective crime rates. Cleveland in Yorkshire merged in first place, followed by West Yorkshire.
The force found itself drawn to media attention on May 15, 2020, when James Stokoe, 40, was stabbed by a stranger while sitting in his BMW in Thornaby-on-Tees in front of his son from four years.
Alexander Layton, 34, was jailed for life at Teeside Crown Court on December 9, for a minimum sentence of 23 years.
Home Department figures show that 8.3% of Cleveland Police investigations concluded from April to June resulted in a charge or summons.
James Stokoe, 40, was stabbed to death in his BMW at Thornaby-on-Tees by stranger Alexander Layton on May 15, 2020. The stabbing follows an argument after Mr. Stokoe was forced to perform an emergency stop when Layton entered in front of his car
A total of 16,539 investigations were concluded during this period, of which only 1,376 resulted in further action.
West Yorkshire Police were second on the overall crime list in England and Wales, with 111.6 crimes per 1,000 people.
It was followed by Greater Manchester with 107.9 crimes, West Midland with 102.9 crimes and Merseyside with 96.7 crimes.
West Yorkshire Police have also emerged as the force dealing with the highest violent crime rate in the country, at 47.4 per 100,000 people.
West Yorkshire has emerged as the top location for violent crime in the country, followed closely by the West Midlands and Cleveland
Star Hobson, 16 months, died at her home in Keighley, West Yorkshire, in September 2020 following a brutal attack by his mother’s girlfriend, Savannah Brockhill, 28.
Parents across the country were horrified in September 2020, when 16-month-old Star Hobson was murdered by his mother’s girlfriend at her home in Keighley, near Bradford.
Savannah Brockhill, 28, was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years, after inflicting “catastrophic” injuries on the little girl.
West Midlands, Cleveland, Kent and Greater Manchester Police forces round out the remainder of the top five places for violent crime.
Kent is the only southern police area in the top ten list for violent crime.
This was notably the place where Sarah Everard was taken and murdered by Met Police Officer Wayne Couzens on March 4 last year, following her kidnapping in south London.
And on April 27 last year, Julia James, 53 – a Kent Police CPSO – was found dead in Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, with her Jack Russell Toby by her side. Callum Wheeler, 21, is accused of killing mother-of-two by inflicting serious head injuries on her
Marketing director Sarah Everard, 33, was kidnapped by Met Police Officer Wayne Couzens on March 3 of last year. His body was later found in a remote Kent forest
Cleveland Police were not among 18 police forces with ‘violence hotspots’ that received additional funding in March of last year to tackle gang and knife crime, although they continue to pressure the government to increase its base grant.
A force spokesperson said: “Cleveland Police are the smallest geographic area of all the police forces in England and Wales, but high levels of deprivation, unemployment and health problems (such as drug and alcohol addiction) and other socio-demographic and economic factors mean our challenges are more akin to those of large metropolises.
“Cleveland Police are working hard to meet these challenges by protecting vulnerable people and preventing and detecting crime. The HMICFRS has noted significant improvements since 2019.
“We are particularly focused on combating serious violence and will continue to seek additional funding in this area.”