Crime down in Hampshire over Jubilee weekend

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CALLS to Hampshire Police were down by 13.5 per cent over the Jubilee weekend compared to last year’s May Bank Holiday, figures show.

The force said it received 9,850 calls to its enquiry centre and control room between Saturday and Tuesday, compared to 11,390 calls between May 28 and May 31, 2011.

Early indications show that overall crime was down across Hampshire during the four-day celebrations.

Figures from Saturday and Sunday show a 10 per cent decrease in crime with 613 incidents compared to 682 over the same period last year.

But there were 1,206 incidents of anti-social behaviour – 97 more than the bank holiday last year.

Chief Superintendent Richard Rowland said: ‘Overall it was a huge success from our point of view. Although we did see a rise in incidents of anti social behaviour, early indications from Saturday and Sunday show that crime overall was down.

‘We’ve had a great response from the public who really enjoyed seeing police officers at their events and I’m particularly pleased that people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight had a fantastic time celebrating, as I did with my family.’