Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Not So Welcome Trends in the North; People in the North East Are More Likely to Be Victims of Violent Crime Than Anywhere Else, Figures from the Office for National Statistics Reveal. They Are in a Report on Regional Trends. ROBERT WEATHERALL Looks at What the Figures Tell Us

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Not So Welcome Trends in the North; People in the North East Are More Likely to Be Victims of Violent Crime Than Anywhere Else, Figures from the Office for National Statistics Reveal. They Are in a Report on Regional Trends. ROBERT WEATHERALL Looks at What the Figures Tell Us

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Byline: ROBERT WEATHERALL

TYNESIDE has topped nationwide tables for violent attacks.

Figures released yesterday show almost one in 20 of the local population have been subject to an assault of some kind.

The revelation came as the government's Office for National Statistics (ONS) published it's annual Regional Trends compendium, intended to provide a statistical snapshot of life in the UK, region by region.

Categories studied included education, environment, health, employment and lifestyle.

The research showed 4.7 per cent of the North East population were violently attacked in 2007 and 2008 - the highest figure in the country.

Some 7.1 per cent of people in the North East have also been the victim of personal crime which includes theft. The only place to top this figure was London.

The North East is also above the average rate for property being vandalised.

For every 100,000 people who live in the region, 2,425 have had items damaged. The national average is 1,909.

The North East also has the lowest employment rate in the country.

Seventy out of every 100 people have a job compared with a national average of 74.

And those who do have jobs don't earn as much. We come bottom of the earning stakes with the average wage being just pounds 420, compared to pounds 478 elsewhere.

But perhaps our historic low employment rate could be set to change.

The region has more new businesses setting up than anywhere outside of London.

After paying our mortgages or rent, council tax, food and bills we have less household disposable income than anywhere else.

The region is getting wetter, seeing more rain each summer.

But amid all the doom and gloom we have become a haven for wild birds with woodland birds increasing by 14 per cent between 1994 and 2007.

One in 10 people in the North East smokes 20 or more cigarettes a day.

We also have the second highest number of deaths from respiratory diseases. …

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