Fall in Shepton Mallet's reported crime, according to latest figures
CRIME figures have shown a slight drop in reported crime in Shepton Mallet over the past year.
In August this year, 95 crimes were reported, according to police.uk, which is a drop of nine compared to the 104 reported in August last year.
Antisocial behaviour is still the biggest problem in the town, with 57 reported incidents, 60 per cent of the total recorded.
The Batch, near High Street, was the most crime-ridden in August with five antisocial behaviour incidents, one report of burglary and one violent or sexual offence.
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Other crime hotspots in Shepton in August were Old Market Road and Collet Park, with five antisocial behaviour reports each, and Shaftgate Avenue with four antisocial behaviour incidents and one public order offence.
Between May and August this year, 62.6 per cent of the 223 crimes committed were antisocial behaviour. Violence and sexual offences counted for 9.6 per cent and 8.4 per cent were criminal damage and arson. There were no reports of bicycle theft, possession of weapons or theft from a person.
The outcome of over 80 per cent of cases were Under Investigation or No Further Action. In nine per cent of cases the offender was dealt with by police and given a caution or penalty notice, or the issue was resolved locally. Offenders were sent to court in 6.5 per cent of cases and dealt with at court in three per cent.
Ten crimes were reported in Evercreech in August, down from 22 the year before. Antisocial behaviour topped the list again with eight reported incidents. Violent crime, vehicle crime and criminal damage and arson dropped to zero from two or three incidents last August.
Two antisocial behaviour incidents, a burglary and one report of criminal damage and arson were reported in Pilton in August, up from the single theft in the village during the same month last year.
Twelve crimes were committed in Bruton in August, two in Cranmore, nine in Holcombe, and 20 in Chilcompton.