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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2007, 18:18 GMT 19:18 UK
Crime crackdown hailed a success
A two-month crackdown on crime in Derbyshire has been declared a success by police chiefs.

Operation Relentless began on 1 May with the aim of tackling violence, anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and vehicle crime in the county.

A number of special anti-crime days were held during the 61-day operation.

Officers said crime had been reduced by 8% compared to the previous two months and the number of arrests had also increased.

Safer Derbyshire

Assistant Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: "Over the last few years we have seen tremendous reductions in crime in Derbyshire across the board but late last year the trend began to increase again.

"This is where Operation Relentless came in to tackle the rises and ensure Derbyshire remained one of the safest places to live in the East Midlands.

"As a result of Relentless we have seen 1,000 fewer victims of crime and virtually 700 more arrests."

He added just because the operation had finished, the force would not be taking a "breather" and would continue to target those who commited crime.

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