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Barry tops crime rate table for South Wales.

Byline: Darren Devine Reporter darren.devine@walesonline.co.uk

BARRY had South Wales' highest crime rate in 2014, figures from UKCrimeStats show.

The area around Main Street in the town, identi-fied as Cadoc 3 by statisticians, saw more than 365 incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in 2014 for every 1,000 people living there.

Nearly half of Wales' top 10 high-crime areas are in South Wales, with three places in Cardiff also featuring.

Councillor Neil Moore, who represents the Cadoc ward, said the area contains night spots, takeaways and a Tesco supermarket.

Mr Moore, who leads the Vale of Glamorgan Council, maintains more recent figures for January show a crackdown by South Wales Police has had an impact.

The figures for Cadoc 3 include more than 87 incidents of anti-social behaviour and 68 of violent crime.

Mr Moore said: "In general terms most of it has gone down, though antisocial behaviour has gone up slightly.

"The total crime for the Cadoc area [in January] has gone down by 10% or more."

Overall Cadoc 3 has the fifth highest crime rate in Wales.

Part of Cathays in Cardiff, that takes in the capital's Central railway station and some of St Mary Street, is sixth in the table.

Another stretch of the Welsh capital around Eastern Avenue - broadly between the A4161 and the A4232 - is seventh. And finally part of Splott, in Cardiff, is ranked ninth.

West Rhyl, in Denbighshire, North Wales, has North Wales' highest crime rate followed by three areas of Wrexham.

Part of the Stow Hill area of Newport just south of the city's railway station is eighth and an area of Swansea, including the city's high street and railway station, complete the top 10.

As with other areas in the top 10 West Rhyl is also one of the poorest places in Wales.

But director of UKCrimeStats Dan Lewis said offences have more to do with a decline in the influence of religion and decaying moral standards than poverty.

He said the temperance movement in the Victorian period saw substantial declines in crime and a "moral awakening".

He added: "That stayed put until the 1950s.

"And in a way you could argue, if you wanted to be a bit provocative, that when the welfare state came in people outsourced their moral obligations to their family and society to the state."

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Barry and three parts of Cardiff figured in the table of Wales' areas with the highest crime rate relative to population Barry and three parts of Cardiff figured in the table of Wales' areas with the highest crime rate relative to population DAVE THOMPSON

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Date:Mar 10, 2015
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