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Crime Reduction Strategy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 29th November 1999.

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Photo of Mr Hilton Dawson Mr Hilton Dawson Labour, Lancaster and Wyre 3:30 pm, 29th November 1999

I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement and the 20 per cent. reduction in crime in Lancashire. I urge him to get local partnerships to pay especial attention to the horrendous problem of street crime, which can have the most devastating consequences for its victims and leads to the widespread fear of crime, contributing to the decline of the value of visits to town and village centres and rural centres. Does he agree that street crime is more a matter for partnerships between local authorities and the police than some other crimes, which require more emphasis on evidence-led policing?