Labour's man Stuart King writes to Putney

what do the latest figures tell us about local crime

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There was a lot of interest when I published the constituency's crime figures back in June, so I thought I'd repeat the service - not least to show the strong start Chief Superintendent Stewart Low has made as Commander of Wandsworth Police.

Crime is down in every single ward except West Hill (which was and remains the council ward least affected by crime anyway); significantly so in Roehampton and Thamesfield. Crime in every single Putney ward bar Thamesfield is below the London average. Four of our six wards have figures lower than the borough average.

Some people (including me, when I first compiled the figures) have expressed surprise at the high crime level in Thamesfield ward, but remember: it also contains our town centre, so any shoplifting or robbery that occurs in the High Street gets included in the Thamesfield figures.

Here are the figures for the twelve months up to September for the six Putney wards:

And here's the comparable table that I published in June for the twelve months up to May:

November 30, 2007