The number of people injured on West Dunbartonshire roads is falling, it has been revealed.

In the last year, instances have dropped from a total of 57 to 47. Serious injuries have reduced from 16 to 12, and slight injuries from 41 to 34. One collision, on the A82 in Dumbarton, resulted in a death.

Vehicle-related crime increased by 38.5 per cent over the previous 12 months, which equates to 335 more instances being reported to police.

Councillors were told of the stats at a community planning meeting last Tuesday, November 21.

Chief Superintendent John Paterson, Police Scotland’s Divisional Commander for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, said this was down largely to the proactive work his officers were doing in the area.

The top cop also revealed drivers caught speeding increased from 105 to 301 in the same period.

Detections of dangerous and careless driving and also of those driving under the influence of drink or drugs also saw an increase, although figures were not immediately available.