The public will be able to see details of crimes which happen near hotspots such as nightclubs, parks and shopping areas from Tuesday, the Home Secretary has said.

Theresa May said the crime-mapping website will be extended to show crimes which happen “near a range of public places”.

It comes after the police.uk received more hits than any other Government website last year. The move is the latest stage of the project which will, by May, see details of what happened to offenders, including whether anyone was arrested, charged or sent to prison, added to the maps by May.

Mrs May said the Government was “giving the public more information than ever before about crime and policing in their area through street-level crime maps”.

“Since October the public have been able to use the police.uk website to see how their force performs in a range of areas like crime rates, quality of service and victim satisfaction,” she said. “Tomorrow we’ll launch the next stage of crime mapping, in which we’ll start to map crimes to or near a range of public places like railway stations, nightclubs, parks and shopping areas.

“By May, crime maps will show the public what happens after a crime has occurred - what action the police took and what the criminal justice outcome was. You’ll be able to see if the criminal was arrested, charged and sent to prison.”

–Agencies