There were fewer victims of crime in Norwich during the Christmas period in 2012 than the previous year, new figures show.

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More than 100 fewer crimes were committed in the last two weeks of December representing a 20pc in overall crime in the district.

The number of burglaries and car break-ins were more than halved, down by 53pc and 58pc respectively.

The city’s senior police officer, Superintendent Paul Sanford said: “These figures are encouraging and while I accept that statistics are not the whole story, it should provide some reassurance to people living and visiting the city that it remains a safe place.

“There were 104 fewer crimes in a two-week period this year compared to last and that is not just a statistical reduction; it means 104 fewer victims of crime.”

Supt Sanford also welcomed the reduction in domestic burglaries, however figures revealed a rise in violent crime (violence against the person), which was up by 8pc, while vehicle thefts increased by 50pc.

Violence against the person comprises a spectrum of offences with the majority associated with the city’s night-time economy.

Supt Sanford added: “Thousands more people visit the city’s bars and clubs during the festive season and we would expect to see a slight rise in offences associated with the night-time economy.”

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