Crime in Lincolnshire down according to police and crime commissioner’s report

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The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel scrutinised the Police and Crime Commissioner’s annual report at its annual meeting.

The panel will consider the information given before providing a formal public response to the commissioner on his report, which showed an overall reduction in crime, for the period April 2012 to March 2013 compared to the previous year, of 14.2 per cent.

Criminal damage was down by 25.1 per cent, anti-social behaviour down by 15.9 per cent, violent crime down by 7.5 per cent and burglary down by 4.3 per cent.

The report also provides information about the strategic partnership with G4S and partnership working with other authorities.

During the meeting, Councillor Ray Wootten, from Grantham, stood down as chairman of the panel. Following his announcement, vice chairman Norman Norris was elected as interim chairman.

A new chairman will be elected at the panel’s next meeting on September 6.

In proposing a vote of thanks to Coun Wootten, Mr Norris said: “Anybody who has the privilege of knowing Ray cannot fail to be impressed by his decency, honesty, courtesy and the dedication he applies to his duties in serving the community.

“I am very sorry that this panel will no longer have the benefit of his services as our chairman.

“When the events emerged that are currently the subject of examination by our task group, Councillor Wootten’s reaction was measured and dignified. Whilst embracing the principles of integrity, accountability and openness he worked extremely hard to ensure that this panel acted in a lawful, equitable, timely and proportionate manner.”