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Borough named top place to live

HYNDBURN is the sixth best place to live in the whole country, a survey has revealed.

HYNDBURN is the sixth best place to live in the whole country, a survey has revealed. Key factors are low house prices and a low crime rate compared to the national averages.

The website survey says the average house sells for £52,284 and there are only 80 crimes for every 1,000 households.

Humble Hyndburn provides better value for money than the poshest areas of London, such as Westminster where the average house price is £500,000, and even exclusive Kensington where your bog standard pad costs £642,482 and crime is high.

Delighted MP Greg Pope said: "The figures actually understate how good things are in Hyndburn. The police are sometimes given a hard time by people who think there's an over-reliance on stopping speeders, but they deserve a pat on the back for this. It shows Hyndburn has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."

Inspector John O'Reilly, of Great Harwood Police, said the reduction in crime had been achieved by working with residents and putting bobbies back on the beat.

Mr Nigel Rix, director of Hyndburn FIRST - the council's regeneration arm - said: "It's very heartening that Hyndburn is being recognised nationally for the quality of life, particularly in the context of community safety."

Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "The council's aim is to make Hyndburn a better place to live, work and visit and this is extremely encouraging.''

The best place of all to live is Teesdale, County Durham, where the crime rate is just 1.8 per cent and the average house sets you back £113,143.

The survey, on, used Home Office statistics covering burglaries, robberies, sexual and violent offences and car crime.


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