London 2012: Olympics 'caused' drop in crimes solved

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston Nick Alston said London 2012 'diverted resources' from 'normal policing activities'

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Fewer crimes were solved by police because they were busy dealing with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is claimed.

The 31,281 crimes solved in Essex in 2011/2012 fell to 27,038 in 2012/2013.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Nick Alston said the drop was partly caused by the Games.

He said the event was a "particular" challenge in which resources were "diverted" from "normal policing activities".

Hadleigh Farm in Essex hosted the Olympic mountain biking event.

In his annual report, Mr Alston said no Olympic-related crimes were recorded or arrests made during the mountain biking event.

The rate of crimes solved by the constabulary had since improved, Mr Alston said.

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