CRIME has fallen in Merseyside for a sixth consecutive year, according to Home Office figures.

Statistics show Merseyside Police has seen “significant” reductions in drug offences, robbery, burglary, violence against people, car crime and criminal damage.

Overall in the last 12 months crime has dropped by nearly 6% from June 2011, from 99,437 offences to 93,522.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: "The latest crime statistics published today show our ongoing determination and dedication to reduce crime, tackle anti-social behaviour and protect the public.

"I am pleased to say that crime continues to fall on Merseyside and this is testament to the dedication and professionalism of our officers and staff as well as our work with partners and communities.

"For the past six years we have seen continual reductions in crime amounting to 80,357 fewer victims and we remain committed to doing all we can to provide the best possible policing service to the people of Merseyside.

"Despite facing the ongoing financial challenge, the Force is determined to continue to build on the good work reflected in these statistics, to tackle crime and bring offenders to justice while supporting victims and protecting communities across Merseyside."