North Manchester is the most dangerous place to live in England, a study said yesterday.
At second place in the league table of violent crime created from Home Office figures was Sheffield, while Southampton was third.
Also featured were London’s Westminster, Southwark and Lewisham.
East Dorset is the safest place, followed by North Yorkshire and West Kent.
North Manchester, which covers 17 square miles and includes the city centre, recorded 44 “violence against the person” offences per 1,000 population in 2007/2008.
By contrast East Dorset had just 8 “violence against the person offences” per 1,000 over the same period.
The tables were compiled by anti-violence charity the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
Chief executive Steve Gauge said: “Police face a massive challenge in trying to bring down violent crime.
“We can all help by thinking about our own personal safety a little more as we go about our lives.”
MOST VIOLENT AREAS
1. North Manchester
4. City of Westminster
1. Dorset Eastern
2. North Yorkshire
3. West Kent
4. Norfolk Western
6. Bedfordshire County
10. Essex Central