Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has called on the Home Office to provide more support to police forces as Home Office figures[1] have revealed that only 9% of crimes have ended up with suspects being charged or summonsed.

The Home Office statistics on crime outcomes were published at the same time as quarterly crime figures and the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which are based on people’s experiences of crime. These statistics combined painted a troubling picture with the number of homicides has increased for the fourth year running, as well as overall crime recorded by police went up 11% in the year to March 2018.

Offences involving knives or sharp instruments rose by 16% to 40,147, according to figures recorded by police with gun crime rising  2% to 6,492 offences over the period, which was a less pronounced rate than knife crime.

An analysis[2] by The Sunday Times of 19.5 million crimes committed in England and Wales over a five-year period reveals that the proportion solved fell from 19% in 2013 to 9% last year. The data is in line with Home Office figures showing that fewer than one in 10 offences lead to someone being charged or sent a court summons.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“These figures reinforce what police forces up and down the country have been saying for some time, specifically that they are struggling to keep officers on the streets and investigate crimes because of the budget cuts forced on them by this government.”

[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/729127/crime-outcomes-hosb1018.pdf 

[2] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sunday-times-crime-map-how-many-offences-go-unsolved-where-you-live-8qhkqz9ks

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