He said: ‘We get a feel that female violence and general alcohol-related violence across the board is far more prevalent than it used to be. Traditionally they used to go out in the company of a man or partners but now we see gangs of women.‘To a degree, they’re mimicking the behaviour of men we used to see in the past.We are seeing more of this ladette culture and it’s a familiar behaviour that a lot of people who go out in our town centres see.’ He added: ‘As well as alcohol-related it might also be a societal problem.Last Breath is no exception to this once again, Claire has to answer the questions that baffle the centuries-old undead and save them (again! While this might sound like going over old ground for the Morganville series, Caine has introduced a new antagonist who is both unusual and fascinating, and new history that goes some way to explaining why the sunlight-phobic vampires have chosen to set up home in the middle of the desert!

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It picks up where book 10, Bite Club, left off, following the fate of heroine Claire Danvers as she tries to survive in a town run by vampires.

In this book, the vampires of Morganville are disappearing one by one, after being seen in the company of creepy newcomer Magnus.

There has also been an increase in violence among males aged under 17 but it is not as pronounced.

Twenty-nine per cent of first-time male delinquents were sentenced for violent attacks in 2009, followed by robbery (19.9 per cent).

Researchers at Civitas analysed national statistics published by the Ministry of Justice.

They found that in 2009, 34.4 per cent of female juvenile first-time offenders received sentences for violence against the person – displacing theft and handling stolen goods offences (26.4 per cent).

Nick Cowen, a crime researcher at Civitas, said: ‘The number of female offences seems relatively stable but those offences are increasingly more likely to be violent.‘The core reason is family breakdown which might expose women disproportionately to various kinds of abuse in their young lives and might make them much more likely to become violent offenders subsequently.’The statistics come just days after the case of a mother who was left blind in one eye when a teenage girl stamped on her face with a three-inch stiletto heel.

Joanne Brown, 34, was attacked by 17-year-old Amy Leigh Smith in a nightclub in Wigan.

General standards in society have decreased and people expect to behave in any way they like.

Vampire fiction is probably one of the most popular horror subgenres for young adults/teens.

Young girls accounted for 29 per cent of all the juvenile violence offences which received formal sanctions in 2009/10 compared with 24.9 per cent in 2002/3.