Lewes MP and Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker has welcomed the news that crime has fallen across Lewes District.
Current local crime figures show that overall crime across Lewes District is down by 19 per cent between June 2010 and December 2013.
Along with a reduction in violent crimes, there has also been a significant reduction in criminal damage and arson, down by 32 per cent, drug offences down by 26 per cent, public order offences down by 26 per cent and burglary down by 25 per cent.
Mr Baker said: “This is very welcome news indeed for my constituents in the Lewes District, to be able to know the crime is reducing across the area. On paper sexual offences show an increase but this demonstrates people are more willing to report sexual crime in the wake of Jimmy Savile and I welcome more people willing to report. As the Lib Dem Crime Prevention Minister, I am very pleased with the progress we are making in tackling crime.”