Reported crime figures fall

THE NUMBER of violent offences across the Northern Rivers' five local government areas has dropped according to the latest crime statistics.

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released the latest crime statistics today revealing the number of domestic violent related assaults in Kyogle had dropped by 25.5%.

The Richmond Valley saw a similar trend in non-domestic violence related assaults which fell by 23.1%.

Australian Hotels Association NSW chief executive Paul Nicolaou said the crime figures highlighted the drop in assaults on licensed premises by 11.5 per cent, particularly in hotels/pubs which are down by 11.8 per cent and in clubs down by 15.1 per cent.

"Assaults on licensed premises were already at their lowest levels in more than a decade," he said.

Statewide there was a 25.1% surge in the number of people who were arrested and charged for being in possession of methamphetamines.

Across the state arrests relating to all other drugs remained stable.

Police minister Michael Gallacher said it was great to see downward trends in violent offences.

"This is good news for the community and our hardworking police officers," he said.



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