9 in 10 crimes never solved thanks to Tory cuts

Only 11.6% of all crimes were solved between 2016 and 2017 as our police forces buckle under the strain of brutal Tory cuts.

The shocking figure is a drop of 26% and statistics also revealed a postcode lottery on the number of cases officers are closing across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said the figures show austerity policies are impacting safety and justice in our communities.

She said: “Cash-strapped forces are struggling to meet the demands of soaring crime. You simply cannot protect the public on the cheap.”

The Manchester Metropolitan Borough of Trafford recorded 225 incidents in the period and none was solved, according to data from a police data website analysed by goodmove.co.uk.

In Manchester as a whole just 4,940, or 5.97%, of 82,740 cases were solved. But there was a stark contrast in Uttlesford, Essex, where 1,366 out of 4,255 recorded crimes were solved – a rate of 32.10%.

According to the police data, victims of theft were the least likely to see a result. Only 1.5% of these cases were solved out of 62,032 – a drop of 30% from the previous year.

Of 51,631 robberies, only 5.7% were solved and just 11.7% of violent and sexual crimes, down from 16.45%.

Meanwhile, an average 82.6% of crimes related to drug abuse and possession were solved.

A recent report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services said police budgets have fallen by around a fifth since 2010.

And forces will have £700million less a year in the coming years.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Crime Statistics, said: “Recent re-inspections by HMICFRS have shown forces are improving the way they record information.

“Very often, this is for crimes that have no suspect and no prospect of a criminal justice outcome.

“This data should therefore be interpreted cautiously, as it is by no means the case that a rise in recorded crime and a drop in associated detections is a causal effect of reduced resources.”

The Home Office said: “The Government recognises the impact crimes can have and we want offenders charged and brought to justice.”

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Source : https://www.pressreader.com/uk/sunday-mirror/20180603/281921658731282
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