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6% rise in domestic abuse

POLICE have pledged to keep tackling domestic abuse as a top priority after a rise in cases over the past year.

The number of domestic abuse incidents reported in Dumfries and Galloway increased by 67, from 1162 to 1229.
And Police Scotland’s chief superintendent for the region, Mike Leslie, says it remains a priority area for the division, and one where the assistance of the national Domestic Abuse Taskforce and Divisional Investigation Units will collaborate to tackle.
Speaking after the announcement of the year-end crime figures for Dumfries and Galloway, Mr Leslie said: “The concerns of the communities across Dumfries and Galloway are our concerns also.
“Violent crime, anti- social behaviour and alcohol-related disorder blight many of our towns and villages and our focus will remain firmly on tackling these issues in order to ensure we are keeping people safe.”
He said that early indications for 2014-15 are that the division has once again performed to a creditable level, adding: “Our efforts have clearly been successful in that our crime figures continue to fall and our commitment to tackling those issues which our communities tell us are of greatest concern to them remains a priority for us.”
Other features of the report show that recorded crime (includes crimes of violence, sexual crimes, dishonesty and vandalism) is down 372 (seven per cent) on the previous year.
However, overall road casualties are slightly up, by 2.7 per cent but the number killed on the roads of Dumfries and Galloway fell from 13 to 10.

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