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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 April 2006, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
'Gun crime capital' back on track
Police figures have shown that Nottingham is fighting its violent crime reputation with a reduction in gun crime for the second year running.

In 2005, police in the city dealt with a total of 298 offences compared with 442 in 2004 and overall crime has dropped by 3.5%.

Shootings involving the most serious firearms dropped from 42 to 11 during the same period.

Assistant Chief Constable Sue Fish said pro-active policing was paying off.

"Having more officers on the streets has meant we have been able to pick up more low-level public order and harassment offences," she said.

"By dealing with this less serious violence sooner, we have been preventing these incidents developing into more serious violence".

Despite the positive result in reducing gun crime, the county has seen increases in violent crime against the person and incidents of criminal damage.

Ms Fish added that the increases were in line with the national picture and that more initiatives were being set up, particularly to deal with alcohol-related violence at weekends.

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