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Violent crime in county falls 19%
Violent crime has fallen by 19% in Staffordshire, latest figures suggest.

A total of 11,649 violent crimes were recorded between April and September - 2,744 fewer than in the same period last year, Staffordshire Police said.

It included a fall in sexual offences from 638 to 534, while racially or religiously-aggravated offences fell by 67 to 458.

Overall crime was also down by 11% the six-month figures showed, as 47,210 crimes were recorded in the county.

The figures represent 5,977 fewer crimes in Staffordshire than in the same period last year.

The figures were presented by the force to the Staffordshire Police Authority.

Cash seized

Officers took 1.59m from criminals through cash forfeiture and confiscation orders in the first six months of the year - approaching double last year's total of 823,243, a police spokesman said.

Almost 83% of people surveyed expressed overall satisfaction with police service. However, some areas were marginally down from last year. This included 78.4% of people expressing overall satisfaction with how police dealt with racist incidents, compared to 80.1% during 2006.

Earlier this month, Home Office figures suggested Staffordshire Police was one of the best performing forces in England and Wales.

The force was rated "excellent" for tackling serious crime and for neighbourhood policing.

But was marked "poor" for not tackling public perceptions of high burglary rates, car crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour.

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