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Summer activities stem crime

Sport and cultural activities organised for young people during the last summer holidays in some of the country's most deprived areas led to a 5.2 per cent fall in local crime. The biggest effect was in Avon and Somerset, where Lotto-funded Splash Extra schemes produced a 31 per cent drop in street crime and robbery in the areas that ran it, compared with an increase of 56 per cent in those that did not.

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