MP Slams Government as all crime soars as central funding cuts begin to bite

gwynnepoliceNew figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that all instances of recorded crime have increased across the country.

The figures which formed the ONS’s yearly report which covers the 12 months to September 2016 showed a worrying trend in rising violent attacks. Violent crime in England and Wales had risen by 22% over the period, including a “genuine but small” increases in murder and knife crime, with overall crime rising by 9% nationally.1

More locally, Greater Manchester Police reported that all instances of crime had risen by 6% over the period with sexual attacks and violent crime up 6% and 13% respectively2. Overall Tameside saw a rise of 5% for all crime rates.

There have been growing calls for the Government to think again in regards to their financial settlement; this year Greater Manchester Police is facing a £22m shortfall, this is on top of £180m already cut from the budget and 2,000 fewer officers.3

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Instead of preparing the police for crime in the 21st century, the Tories have continued to slash our local police forces budget which have now been cut by a quarter over the past 7 years. This has resulted in the loss of over 2,000 police officers in Greater Manchester alone.

“Our communities know the price for the Tories cuts, crime in Tameside rose by 5% over the past year, with Stockport seeing crime rises of 10%

“I know how hard our police and community support officers are working, especially under such intense budget cuts which have seen their ranks slashed

“Now further deep cuts in funding threaten even more losses to frontline officer numbers, just as we are beginning to see the true scale of crime – this has to stop. I’ll be speaking to our Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd to see what pressure we can bring to bear on the Government to end these cuts.”

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