Police say they’re driving down homicide rates and putting criminals behind bars

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Cops say that despite Beds being ranked as the homicide capital of the UK, they’re working hard to drive down killings and put those responsible behind bars.

A study published by the Office of National Statistics revealed that Beds has the highest number of killings per head.

Chief Constable Colette Paul.

Chief Constable Colette Paul.

Beds Police chief constable Colette Paul said: “Since April 2014 there have been four people killed through either murder or manslaughter in Bedfordshire.

“In comparison, from April 2013 to March 2014, there were a total of 12 such offences committed in the county. This means we have seen a significant decrease of almost two thirds in these types of crimes being committed, which is very positive news.”

The police force is also improving its detection rates with eight of the 12 killings during last year resulting in successful prosecutions. Another is due to go to court and three investigations are ongoing.

Mrs Paul said: “This is a credit to the work of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit which investigate such crimes.

“I’d like to assure everyone that Bedfordshire Police is absolutely committed in working together to protect people, fight crime and ultimately to keep Bedfordshire safe.”

The major crime unit, which sees the three police forces working together to solve cases, was formed in April 2012.

Of the four homicide investigations - from April 2014 to date - there has been a successful prosection in one case, one has resulted in a person being charged and now awaiting trial, police are still investigating one case and in another the suspect took his own life.