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Recorded crime on Teesside hits all-time low

Recorded crime on Teesside has hit an all-time low, according to the latest figures released by police.

In 2010 there was an average of 13% fewer recorded crimes, in all categories, than in the previous year.

The largest reductions included burglary (26.3%), and anti-social behaviour was down by 12.2%.

Chief Constable Sean Price said he was "delighted" at what he described as a significant reduction, and praised the dedication of officers and staff.

He said: "Clearly the challenge for 2011 is to maintain these reductions while meeting the savings required under the Comprehensive Spending Review.

'Difficult decisions'

"These are difficult times but our commitment to Putting People First means protecting our people and frontline services so that communities in Cleveland remain safe."

The force is facing budget cuts of more than 20%.

Councillor Dave McLuckie, chair of the Cleveland Police Authority, said: "There is no hiding from the stark reality that we will have to take some very difficult decisions.

"However, some of the measures we have already put in place over recent years to improve efficiency and value for money will prove vital in helping us to continue delivering the quality service which our local communities need and deserve."

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