Spike in violent crime in Peterborough: Police

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Spike in violent crime in Peterborough: Police

It’s been a busy week for Peterborough Police.
It started last Wednesday (Feb 8.) with the murder of Paul Atchison, 43, of Stewart Street.
He was killed at Stewart and Dalhousie Streets.
Brian Townson, 34, of Stewart Street is charged with first degree murder.

Homicide investigation underway on Stewart Street:

Then on Tuesday, a man was stabbed on Anson Street.
He suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Robert Reginald Reay, 46, of Anson Street, is charged with attempted murder.

Stabbing at Anson House leaves one injured:

And early Wednesday morning, a pizza delivery driver was held up at knife point.
He managed to get away, but was cut in the incident.
Cody Craig Patterson, 26, of Hunter Street East, is charged with robbery with a weapon and failing to comply with a probation order.

Pizza delivery driver robbed; injured at knife point: http://www.chextv.com/2017/02/15/pizza-delivery-driver-robbed-injured-at-knifepoint/

Three violent incidents in a week.
We asked you if you think Peterborough is safe?

Police say this recent spike in violent crime is just that — a spike, and not a trend.
The service points to the latest crime stats.
Robberies were down by 12.5% in 2016.
Violent assaults were up only slightly — from 88-to-97 from 2014 to 2015.
The next round of crime stats will be released this spring.
Sgt. Neil Collins of the Criminal Investigation Branch of the Peterborough Police Service says most incidents are targeted — where the suspect and victims know each other.

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