Police have announced they will be prioritising heating oil and farm machinery thefts in the Diss area during the forthcoming weeks and months after revealing overall crime figures for 2012.

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Insp Alice Scott, from Norfolk police, told a Diss Town Council meeting on Wednesday the two crimes were going to be a priority due to an increase in the incidences of these crimes recently.

She said overall crime for 2012 was down on the previous 12 month period and said the police would be concentrating on providing support for businesses and with high visibility foor patrols through the town centre, as well as surgeries in supermarkets.

Figures from the Norfolk police website show criminal damage and arson crimes fell from just over 10 incidents per 1,000 population between March 2010 and March 2011 to nine crimes per 1,000 population from March 2011 to March 2012.

The statistics also revealed a drop in other crimes, including burglary, robbery and violent crime, while the figures for drugs offences showed a slight increase on the previous year.

Councillor Simon Olander also raised concerns about cars parking on double yellow lines in Victoria Road and cyclists using the same street who ignored cycle lanes to weave in and out of traffic on their bikes.

And cllr Elizabeth Dewhurst said she was also concerned about the traffic problems in Victoria Road, particularly cars parking on the pavement close to the railway bridge.

Cllr Harold Rackham said he was worried about travellers parked in Denmark Lane in Diss particularly as he knew of a friend who had been bitten by dogs kept at the site.

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