A new UK Peace Index has revealed that violent crime in Britain is falling more rapidly than anywhere else in Western Europe.
The murder rate has halved since 2003, from 1.99 per 100,000 people to one per 100,000 with the violent crime rate falling from 1,255 to 933 per 100,000 people, according to the research.
Broadland, in Norfolk, was the most peaceful area at local authority level, followed by Three Rivers in Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Dorset and Maldon in Essex.
Inner London boroughs were the least peaceful - headed by Lewisham and followed by Lambeth, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
The most peaceful region in the UK was South East England and the least peaceful Greater London followed by Scotland and Northern Ireland.