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Crime up in the North East

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Responding to the release of today’s crime statistics showing crime rates increasing across the region, Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Policing Minister said:

“Police recorded crime has gone up across the country, rates of the most serious crimes have soared and reported rape is the highest level since 2003. 

“In the North East, recorded crime has gone up by 12%, violent crime has gone up by 33% and sexual assault has gone up by 44%. To make matters worse, the region’s police forces have 1411 police officers in the past 5 years with many more set to go.

“Just as on-line crime and fraud is soaring, so too are the demands on a depleted police force to keep the country safe from terrorism and tackle child sex exploitation and abuse.

“The Tories have slashed police officers by 17,000 nationally and broke their promise to the public to protect frontline officer numbers. Now we see the biggest increase in recorded crime in a decade. The first duty of any Government is the safety and security of our citizens. By overseeing the sharpest decline in police numbers anywhere in the EU, the Tories are letting the British people down.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

  1. Today’s crime stats announcement can be found here - http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/crime-in-england-and-wales---year-ending-september-2015/index.html

 

Police force Name

Percentage increase in recorded crime

 

 

Cleveland

22

Durham

-2

Northumbria

14

North East Region

12

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