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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 July, 2003, 08:13 GMT 09:13 UK
Region marked as crime hotspot
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The Yorkshire and Humber region has the highest crime rates in the country outside of London, according to new figures.

They show that recorded crime in the region reached 136 offences per 100,000 last year.

It compares to 155 in London, and at the other end of the scale, 86 in the South East.

But the Home Office says the changes in the way crime is recorded has driven up figures.

'Inflated' figures

In the region, incidents of burglary and vehicle crime were the highest in the country with rates of 1,365 and 1,068 respectively.

But recorded violence and drug offences in Yorkshire and the Humber are below the national average with 164 compared to 190.

Home Office experts have said the numbers are inflated by the new National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) under which more incidents are classified as crimes.

Previously incidents would not be recorded until police were satisfied a crime has been committed.

Separate crime figures from the British Crime Survey show overall crime fell by 3%.



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