Blunkett Praises Schools for Crime Prevention
HOME Secretary David Blunkett praised the work of schools in tackling youth crime at its roots when he joined Labour's by-election candidate Huw Irranca-Davies in Ogmore yesterday.
Mr Blunkett was briefed on how a partnership between South Wales Police and local schools was helping to nip nuisance crime in the bud.
He met officers working with pupils throughout Bridgend when he called at Ynysawdre Comprehensive School after inspecting the police division's mobile closed-circuit television van, part of a high-profile police presence in the area.
Mr Blunkett welcomed the latest statistics for the Bridgend police division that show an overall reduction of 26pc since 1997 in the level of car crime, burglary and criminal damage.
Compared with an average decrease of 2.5pc in recorded crime for England and Wales, crime in the Bridgend division fell by 17.5pc between 2000 and 2001. Burglary fell by 27pc compared with a 9pc decrease nationally and car theft plummeted by 31pc in the same year as against 7pc across the country. …