THE areas with the highest rates of violent crime in Blackburn and Darwen have been revealed.

The Lancashire Telegraph has used data visualisation website Plumplot and national statistics from UK police data, to uncover which streets in the borough were subject to the most violent crimes, between January to December in 2019.

The Crown Prosecution Service defines a violent crime as murder and manslaughter, throwing corrosive substances, such as acid attacks, assault, gun and knife-crime as well as robbery.

The results are broken down into postcode areas, here are the top eight areas.

Mill Hill BB2 - 736 violent crimes

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The statistics show between those dates, the Mill Hill, Ewood and Hollins Bank areas had the highest number of violent crimes, with 736 crimes committed in this area.

This is a violent crime rate of 66 per 1,000 people per year, and a violent crime rate of 206 per cent compared to the England and Wales average.

In July 2018, Mick McCarthy, 41, suffered a single stab wound to his stomach when he was approached by three men and attacked in Hollin Bridge Street.

The incident happened while Mr McCarthy was walking home from the gym.

Shadsworth and Guide BB1 - 630 violent crimes

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Those who live in Shadsworth, near Haslingden Road and School Lane have the second highest total of violent crimes, with 630.

There were 50 violent crimes per 1,000 people per year and sits 156 per cent above the national average.

Whinney Heights BB2 - 565 violent crimes

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Those that live in Whinny Heights, near Brandy House Brow, Roman Road, Manxman Road and Park Lee Road, have the third highest in the area, with 565 crimes.

This was up by 188 per cent of the national average for violent crimes, and had 60 incidents per 1,000 people per year.

Wainwright Way areas BB2 - 460 violent crimes

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Other areas include near Wainwright Way, Spring Lane and Stancliffe Street, which saw 460 crimes, and is 181 per cent above the national average.

On Tuesday police were appealing for information after a man was punched in the face in a late night attack.

At around 1.45am on January 20, officers were called to Stonyhurst Close after receiving reports that a man had been assaulted in the street.

Hoddlesden BB3 - 301 violent crimes

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In Hoddlesden, Blacksnape and Grimshaw, 301 violent crimes were committed, with 40 per 1,000 people per year, it also sits 125 per cent above the national average.

Darwen West BB3 - 301 violent crimes

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Those who live in Darwen West saw 301 violent crimes committed, 40 per 1,000 people and the area is 125 per cent above the national crime average.

Darwen South BB3 - 270 violent crimes

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This includes a large part of the A666 and the town centre, had 270 incidents last year and is at 125 per cent above the national average for violent crimes.

Last year, an attack on a man outside the Bridge Sports and Social Club in Darwen left him with a bleed on the brain and life-changing injuries.

Preston Crown Court heard Andrew Tait, 30, set upon David Connelly, 61, and later Mr Connelly, who had been trying to protect his friend Rikki Harrison from Tait's onslaught, suffered a stroke, the court heard.

Sales director Tait, of Charles Street, Darwen, was given a 27-month prison sentence in October after admitting to unlawfully wounding Mr Connelly and assaulting Mr Harrison on March 19.

His father Robert Tait, 52, of Bury Fold Lane, Darwen, convicted after trial of assaulting Mr Harrison, was jailed for 15 months.

The father and son even took "trophy" photos of the victims after the beating, the court heard.

In the whole BB postcode area, around 18,4000 crimes took place, this was 29.3 per cent of all crimes committed within the region.

Compared to the national crime rate, BB postcodes are 119 per cent higher.

The BB postcode region has seen an increase of violent crime increase of 14 crimes per 1,000 people per year in 2011, to 38 in 2019.

It was at its highest in 2018, where it was 45 incidents per 1,000 people.

Whitebirk BB1 ­— 186 incidents

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Whitebirk, including Burnley Road, Hereford Road and the roundabout, has seen 186 incidents in the last 12 months.

It is 134 per cent higher than the national average and has 43 incidents per 1,000 people per year.

In 2016, a shop owner was slashed across the chest with a knife as he delivered alcohol to a house.

Asad Qamar suffered serious injuries after pulling up outside a house in Worcester Road, police said.

Mr Qamar, who owns Mars Mini Market in Wensley Fold, was stabbed through the window after being lured to the scene.

After the ‘brutal attack’ a bleeding Mr Qamar, managed to drive himself more than two and a half miles back to his store in Johnston Street in search of help, police said.