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Government hails 'spectacular' fall in recorded crime

The government has welcomed a "spectacular" drop in crimes recorded by police in England and Wales.

Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne hailed the fall of 7% in the year ending March 2013 as "genuine achievement" based on figures from the Office for National Statistics.

During an interview he said: "The police are getting smarter, more efficient and using their resources better and all of that has led to real tangible improvements."