After yesterday’s leaked Home Office paper exposed the link between Tory police cuts and the rise in serious violent crime, new Labour Party analysis of crime outcome data has shown that between 2014/15 and 2016/17 the number of investigations closed by the police without any suspect being identified increased by over 500,000 nationally. In the North East there has been an extra 30,944 extra investigations closed without a suspect identified since 2015 with an extra 1,434 in Cumbria.
The analysis also shows that almost half of all crimes now go unsolved, with the detection rate falling from 58% in 2015 to 51% in 2017.
Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, said:
“The Tories claim the police have the resources they need, but these figures would suggest otherwise.
“You can’t do security on the cheap. By failing to properly invest in policing, this Conservative Government is threatening community safety and letting down the victims of crime.”