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Crime and Safety in Ashington, Northumberland

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Ashington is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Northumberland, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 163 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ashington in 2021 was 125 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 44% higher than the Northumberland rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ashington is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 300th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Ashington had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Ashington residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.60 per 1,000 residents. Ashington recorded 6 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst for drugs in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Ashington are violence and sexual offences, with 1,476 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 1,343 offences and a difference of 4.71 from 2020's crime rate of 48. Ashington's least common crime is robbery, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 27% from 2020's figure of 14 crimes.

Ashington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Northumberland

39% higher, regional crime rate

North East

39% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ashington is 39% higher than the North East and 39% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ashington Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Ashington represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Ashington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211253,519
20201203,392
20191313,702
20181534,315
20171283,613
2016922,613

Crime in Ashington Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Ashington This Year

 AshingtonNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,12039.649,46129.39 26% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft200.711380.43 39% more dangerous
Burglary2398.469893.07 64% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson53018.763,27810.18 46% more dangerous
Drugs722.554531.41 45% more dangerous
Other Crime873.086672.07 33% more dangerous
Other Theft2619.241,6165.02 46% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons230.811560.48 41% more dangerous
Public Order43915.542,9119.04 42% more dangerous
Robbery110.39580.18 54% more dangerous
Shoplifting1916.761,1483.57 47% more dangerous
Theft From the Person110.39970.30 23% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1595.636902.14 62% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,47652.2410,12131.44 40% more dangerous

Ashington Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cramlington2,09871.8073% safer
Blyth4,470113.0610% safer
Ashington3,519124.54-

Crime Over Time in Ashington

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Recent Crimes in Ashington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Second AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Elsdon DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fifth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MeadowfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near North Seaton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rosalind StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brinkburn CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near St Christophers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fourth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carnoustie CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hawthorn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BurnsideOffender given a caution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Nursery ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pembroke GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near St Nicholas CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ashington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37304640 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.30.920.670.71 Safer
Burglary11868 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson25211919 Safer
Drugs2.82.23.32.6 Getting worse
Other Crime3.33.04.43.1 Safer
Other Theft141099 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.671.31.30.81 Safer
Public Order24181716 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.420.500.39 Safer
Shoplifting111167 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.960.600.530.39 Safer
Vehicle Crime8856 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52474852 Getting worse

Changes In Ashington's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ashington's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Ashington that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Peoples Park--1-150.80
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park22-2-260.54

Comparing Ashington to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0886% safer
Croydon82.4851% safer
Sheffield90.0538% safer
Bristol90.5238% safer
Coventry102.2422% safer
Leicester111.5912% safer
Liverpool123.061.2% safer
Ashington124.54-
Birmingham129.643.9% more dangerous
Bradford132.286% more dangerous
Leeds150.9417% more dangerous

Crime in Ashington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashington East845102Second
Ashington Hirst1,636210First
Ashington South40883Fourth
Ashington West63086Third

Ashington Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAshington West (180)Ashington Hirst (514)
Bicycle TheftAshington East (3)Ashington Hirst (9)
BurglaryAshington West (38)Ashington Hirst (95)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAshington West (77)Ashington Hirst (263)
DrugsAshington West (8)Ashington Hirst (34)
Other CrimeAshington South (9)Ashington Hirst (38)
Other TheftAshington West (40)Ashington Hirst (110)
Possession of WeaponsAshington South (1)Ashington Hirst (14)
Public OrderAshington South (38)Ashington Hirst (227)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Ashington East (3)Ashington Hirst (5)
ShopliftingAshington East (27)Ashington Hirst (92)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Ashington West (1)Ashington Hirst (6)
Vehicle CrimeAshington East (31)Ashington Hirst (61)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAshington South (132)Ashington Hirst (682)

Crime in Ashington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ashington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Ashington saw a 500% increase in drugs. Ashington saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during July, when it fell by 79% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+104%+172%+64%-79%+24%+58%+54%+118%+479%
Bicycle Theft--60%--75%-+300%--+50%-
Burglary-15%-52%-+23%-13%-7%+50%-18%-21%-65%
Criminal Damage and Arson-34%-46%-33%+8%+42%-21%+5%+43%+62%-29%
Drugs-17%+60%+500%-43%-40%+200%+60%+22%-+450%
Other Crime-18%+175%-57%+70%+150%+225%+17%-+71%+40%
Other Theft+5%-8%-31%-27%-20%-20%+67%-47%-48%-17%
Possession of Weapons--+100%--50%+75%+150%+300%-+50%
Public Order-23%-41%-28%-15%+30%+22%+3%+14%+35%-15%
Robbery-67%--+100%--+300%---
Shoplifting-65%-57%-50%-48%-54%-64%-50%-52%-69%-71%
Theft From the Person---33%--50%+300%----
Vehicle Crime-58%-48%-60%-45%-50%+156%-42%-30%-25%+91%
Violence and Sexual Offences+17%+6%+5%+22%+3%+15%+21%-22%+7%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ashington

What police force serves Ashington?
Ashington's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.

How dangerous is Ashington?
Ashington is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Northumberland.

What is Ashington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ashington are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Ashington?
Ashington's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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