Armed robberies up by 66% in Hunter

NEW figures have confirmed that the Hunter is in the grip of an armed robbery spree, with the number of hold-ups across the region up by 66%.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released their quarterly figures today, reporting that all crimes were steady across the Hunter apart from armed robberies.

It reported that to the 12 months to September, there were 42 gun robberies and a further 163 robberies where the criminals was armed with a weapon other than a firearm.

They compared to the year before, where there were 30 gun robberies and 98 hold-ups where another weapon was used.

Domestic violence-related assaults were down 7.2% and malicious damage was down 8.9%.

Across NSW, fraud offences had increased, drive-by shootings had stabilised and there had been significant reductions in non-domestic assaults, unarmed robbery, theft and malicious damage.