‘No problems, no hassle, no aggravation’: Thame Mayor lauds district drop in violence

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The Mayor of Thame has lauded new crime figures which show a drop in violence in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

Violence was the biggest reduction in the area compared to 2011/12 with a fall of 15.6%.

There were 1,222 cases of violence whereas the previous year it was 1,448 and Mayor Nigel Champken-Woods was delighted by the news.

He said: “It’s good that violence has gone down, it’s fantastic news.

“I’ve spoken to the PCSOs when I see them in town and my standard question is ‘How are we doing?’

“And the answer is usually pretty good, no problems, no hassle and no aggravation.”

Overall crime fell by 10% with the only increase being that of reported sexual offences, which rose by 25.6%.

That rise has been largely attributed by many forces to the Jimmy Savile sex scandal with more people coming forward to report historic cases this year.

And Mr Champken Woods said that while there were 167 cases of reported sexual offences during the year, it is still a fall in comparison to 2010/11 when there were 178 cases.

He added: “Thame is generally a pretty safe place to live. We are not like Midsomer Murders here.

“We’re in it but not like it. If people had a perception that crime is on the rise they would be coming and talking to us about it.”

In such a large reduction in violence the force said it met its target.

But in home burglaries it has fallen below its standards with only one less taking place compared to last year.

This year there were 360 burglaries but the drop was far greater last year with 528 taking place in 2010/11.

However, while crime has fallen in the district there has been a spate of thefts from local farms recently with farmers and landowners taking to marking up their equipment.