Crime rise is biggest in a decade, ONS say

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21 July 2017

Figures released yesterday show that England and Wales has seen the largest rise in recorded crime in ten years, including violent crimes involving weapons and a spike in burglaries and car theft after a two-decade long decline. This is against the backdrop of the lowest number of police officers in more than thirty years. Our local constabulary is facing more than £20 million of cuts by 2021/22 – having already been forced to cut £60 million since 2010, with at least 600 full-time police officers leaving the force since 2010, and the added impact of falling PCSO numbers as a result of Government cuts to local government budgets.

After the recent IPCC report into the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi, I met with Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and local residents in Capgrave Crescent. I will be meeting with her again in August, along with the Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset, Andy Marsh, to discuss these figures and how best to keep our communities safe.



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