The North East's most violent street where someone is physically or sexually assaulted once every two days

Police data shows which streets are the most dangerous in the North East.
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Police data shows that a street near Sunderland's pubs and bars is the place where more physical and sexual assaults were reported than anywhere else in the North East in 2023.

In that street, Derwent Street, someone is physically attacked or sexually assaulted an average of once every two days, making it the North East’s most violent street. Our interactive map also shows the most dangerous locations where you live.

According to police data, there were 1.6 million crimes of violence and sexual offences committed on the streets and neighbourhoods of England and Wales last year, including nearly 100,000 in the North East. These offences include crimes against the person such as common assault, GBH (causing grievous bodily harm), rape, sexual assault, and other sex crimes

Across the nation, there were almost 900 streets last year where there were at least 52 of these offences - meaning someone was attacked, on average, once a week. But physical and sexual assaults are far more common on the nation’s most dangerous streets.

Last year 221 offences were recorded “on or near” Derwent Street, Sunderland, which is close to the university campus, railway station and a number of bars and restaurants. That’s the equivalent of one crime every 40 hours.

Derwent Street was followed by “on or near” Albert Street, close to the station in Middlesbrough, where there were 165 crimes recorded.

There were also a high number of crimes recorded “on or near” St James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and Cleveland Police’s Middlesbrough headquarters, but it is likely that these refer to the location where these crimes were first reported, not necessarily where they took place.

You can see the rates of violent crime where you live and the most dangerous streets using our interactive gadget.

Police figures covering wider MSOA (Middle Layer Super Output Area) neighbourhoods - which are typically made up of between 2,000 and 6,000 households - show that victims are most likely to be physically or sexually assaulted in a city or town centre.

Newcastle’s City Centre & Arthur's Hill neighbourhood was the most dangerous area of the North East to visit.

Last year there were a total of 2,118 crimes of a violent or sexual nature recorded by police in the city centre.

That was followed by Middlesbrough Central with 1,421 crimes and then Hendon & Docks in Sunderland (843).

Academic Mary Morgan, a writer on body politics, said the figures for violence and sexual crimes highlight the dangers that many women in particular face every day.

She said: “It’s a myth that violence against women on the streets only happens in dark alleyways in the middle of the night. Violence against women happens everywhere, at any time. The majority of streets with the highest crime levels are actually near popular areas, like bars, restaurants, and train stations. It’s a basic right to be able to exist without threat of violence. Women cannot even exist without a constant threat of harm. And it’s been normalised.

"We’ve all heard the stories by now of women walking with keys in their hands, sending locations to their friends, ‘text me when you get home’ being said as frequently as goodbyes. This isn’t normal. Women should be able to go out of the house without fear of violence or death.”