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There has been a sharp rise in the number of crimes being reported in Derry.

The annual report of the Derry Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) reveals that a total of 9,927 crimes were reported in the Derry and Strabane policing area over the period from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.

This was a rise of 1,532 crimes in comparison with the previous year.

This represents an 18.2% rise in the number of crimes in the local policing region.

The PCSP report said this increase was three times the Northern Ireland average.

The report adds: “The total record crime figure of 9927 for 2019/20 is the highest recorded for the city and district since 2006/07.”

Violence against the person accounted for 1,532 of the local crimes.

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