THERE were 75 reported crimes across Whitchurch in April, west Mercia Police figures show.

In the Whitchurch policing area, which includes rural areas such as Prees and Whixall, the majority of recorded offences were of a violent or sexual nature, with 38 recorded in total.

There were also nine reports of criminal damage and arson and eight public order offences.

'Other crimes' made up the rest of the reported crimes, with 20 reports.

Of these crimes, the vast majority were reported in Whitchurch itself, with 61 reports, with seven offences being committed around Prees and Whixall respectively.