Milton Keynes Central Station is national crime hotspot, according to figures

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Analysis of official police figures shows the area around Milton Keynes Central Station is top of a national list of crime hotspots for bike theft and second when it comes to car crime.

According to figures published by the Mail on Sunday, the MK9 1AZ postcode comes out on top of the national list of bike theft hotspots with 23 offences since May.

That puts the station above the Westfield Shopping Centre in West London and the centre of cycle-loving Cambridge.

The area around Milton Keynes Central Station is also second on the national crime hotspot list for car crime, only behind the Ikea car park in Edmonton, North London, with 82 offences.

According to the same statistics, the MK9 1HL postcode area is fifth on the national list for criminal damage with 69 offences.

The Mail on Sunday studied the details of all the offences recorded between January 2012 and June 2013 by the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus the British Transport Police.

The data was taken from details uploaded by every police force in the country to a website maintained by the Home Office.

Specific figures for bike theft have only recently been added to the website.