WILTSHIRE Police has been given an unofficial eight out of 21 following a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The Government's Police Performance Assessments rate the 43 forces in seven different categories.

They are: tackling crime, resources and efficiency, serious crime and public protection, protecting vulnerable people, satisfaction and fairness, implementation of neighbourhood policing and local priorities.

Each excellent rating is worth three points, according to the Home Office.

Good is worth two, fair is worth one and poor carries a minus one rating.

Wiltshire Police was given one good and six fair. Only six other forces scored worse than the county.

But Wiltshire's Assistant Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: "The present position is a good news story for Wiltshire which remains not just a beautiful County but one of the very safest places in which to live and work, with a police service that continues to improve and, in a number of areas is viewed as being at the cutting edge of modern policing."