Robberies In Washington Increase From 10 to 24 Since 2014
91 robberies were committed in Washington in the last six years, with 49 of those involving a weapon, and 14 of those happening in 2019.
Robberies have risen in Washington over the last six years, from 10 offences in 2014 to 24 in 2019.
There have been 91 robberies since 2014, of which 91 involved weapons. Just 20 of those robberies have resulted in charges.
Instances of armed robbery have increased from four to 14 offences between 2014 and 2019, while instances of unarmed robbery have increased from six to 10 offences over the same time period.
The findings were made by media literacy charity The Student View following submission of a Freedom of Information request.
The data, provided by Northumbria Police, stated that in 2014, six unarmed and four armed robberies occurred. This was followed by 2015, when two unarmed offences and four armed offences were recorded. The following year, 2016, three unarmed instances stood alongside 11 armed instances. In 2017, there were 10 unarmed offences and nine armed robberies. 2018 saw 11 unarmed offences and seven armed.
All 91 offences over the six years across both categories were robberies, aside from one armed assault with intent to rob in 2017.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We are committed to taking swift and robust action against all types of violent crime.
“Recorded robberies have increased nationally across the UK for the last few years, and areas such as Washington are no different. However, we do not take this lightly and will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach towards this type of criminality.
“As a Force we have seen a number of robbers and violent criminals handed significant custodial sentences as a result of outstanding and thorough investigations. We will continue to pursue perpetrators and ensure those who flour the law are dealt with appropriately.”