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Crime down in Gravesham

Gravesham has had the biggest fall in crime in the whole of the Kent, Home Office statistics have revealed.

All aspects of crime were down by 31 per cent, 11 per cent above its target, this translates to about 2,500 fewer victims.

Ch Supt Paul Brandon says the figures are thanks to partnership working, as is the 16.6 per cent drop in North Kent as a whole.

He said: "It's due to leadership from senior people, thinking about what we can do to reduce crime and our communities engaging with police - we've drawn up some strong relationships."

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Future targets for the police are violent crime, which fell by 14.6 per cent this year and burglary, down by 28.2 per cent.

They will also be responding to issues identified by community groups.

Council leader Cllr Mike Snelling is adamant the work to make the area safer will continue.

He said: "We need to go out and attack those figures that aren't so good. This is not the end of the journey, it's the beginning."

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