POLICE chiefs say the number of crimes being recorded in Inverclyde is going down.

Across the Renfrewshire & Inverclyde division serious assaults have fallen from 48 to 31 on the same period last year.

There were 12 fewer reports of crimes involving offensive weapons.

Fire-raising fell, with 22 fewer incidents and total drugs crimes plunged by more than 100.

Chief Superintendent David Duncan said: “While I acknowledge that Renfrewshire and Inverclyde has recorded a drop across most crime categories, we will not become complacent in our efforts to keep our communities safe.”