Overall violent crime in North Ayrshire ended 2022-23 with an increase of 1.7 per cent on the five-year average, the police and fire and rescue committee heard last week.

Serious assaults have reduced with 62 crimes recorded at the end of the fourth quarter, compared with 75 the previous year and a five-year average of 87.8 per cent.

Detection rates were down slightly at the end of the year at 77.4 per cent, compared to 85.6 per cent on the five-year average, but up slightly on last year at 74.7 per cent.

There have been no murders in the reporting period, however there have been 11 attempted murders, which the chief constable says is a “considerable increase from what we have seen in the past”. However, all of them were detected.

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