West Yorkshire Police chiefs yesterday welcomed new crime figures, which indicate a 15 per cent decrease in offences.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales showed there were 7.5 milllion crimes against households and resident adults in England and Wales in the 12 months to December 2013, 15 per cent down on the previous year, and the lowest estimate since the survey began in 1981.

Household theft was down by 25 per cent; violence fell by 22 per cent and there was a 15 per cent reduction in vandalism.

In West Yorkshire, there were just under 161,000 recorded crimes, including 22 homicides and nearly 2,750 sexual offences. West Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Constable, Dee Collins, said: “The latest crime statistics are encouraging and reflect the considerable emphasis we have placed upon priority offences such as burglary, robbery and drugs.”