Crime in Britain’s most affluent areas is soaring at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country, analysis of official data has revealed.
Robbery, theft and drug offences in the wealthiest districts of England and Wales are outstripping the national average by up to four times, as criminal gangs deliberately target rural and suburban communities.
A detailed analysis of Home Office crime figures, broken down by neighbourhoods and household incomes, found a startling rise in certain offences in the least deprived areas over the last two years.
While theft has increased nationally by four per cent since 2018, in the top ten per cent of the country's richest areas the figure is 16 per cent higher.
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