New year sees a rise in street crime according to new data
Crime on the streets of Glastonbury and Street and the surrounding communities is on the rise, according to the latest figures on www.police.uk.
And police have blamed the hike in January on the poor weather and the seasonal increase in police patrols having kept criminals at bay during December. The latest statistics posted on the website show that in December, Street had 68 crimes reported, while 88 were reported in Glastonbury.
By January figures in both places had risen, with 115 in Glastonbury and 83 in Street.
There were 22 in Walton– which includes part of Street's Portland Estate, Gravenchon Road and the bypass – one in the Ashcott area, one in Butleigh and two in Baltonsborough, 22 in Somerton and two in Compton Dundon. Meare reported just two crimes and Godney had none.
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In Street and Glastonbury, antisocial behaviour was the most frequently reported crime, with 42 in Street and 62 in Glastonbury.
Street reported 41 violent crimes such as assault. Glastonbury reported 38 crimes in the same category. Street residents also reported eight incidents of criminal damage or arson during the same month.
Most crime was reported on the High Street, and seven in Park Close. Nine crimes were also reported near Gravenchon Way.
In Glastonbury there were 14 incidents reported in and around Northload Street with a further 14 on the Windmill Hill estate and eight in Feversham Lane.
However, police chiefs say the figures do not represent a trend of increasing crime in the area.
A police spokesman said: "Comparing figures month-on-month does not reflect a true picture, as the time span is too short to identify any developing trends.
"However, we do recognise that town centre antisocial behaviour has been highlighted as a community issue and so we continue to work alongside licensees and focus resources to ensure central Somerset remains a safe place in which to live and visit."