Local MP Tracy Brabin has warned the Tories are ‘failing to protect the public’ after new figures revealed crime in Yorkshire is soaring, as Tory cuts sent police officer numbers nationwide to the lowest level in three decades.
The new crime figures released today showed the highest annual rise in police recorded crime since comparable records began in 2002.
In West Yorkshire, violent crime rose by 26%, robberies rose by 19% and total recorded crime rose by 15%.
Since 2010 West Yorkshire Police Force has lost 932 officers.
Tracy Brabin, the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen said,
“The public are now being forced to pay the price for the reckless risk the Tories took with public safety when they slashed over 900 police officers from West Yorkshire alone.”
“Our police are at breaking point and these shocking figures reveal the Tories are failing in their duty to protect the public.”
Louise Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister said:
“This is the grim legacy of seven years of Tory austerity; dedicated police officers fighting hard to keep the public safe with fewer officers per head than ever before. Labour will recruit another 10,000 new police officers to help fight crime and keep us safe.”
- Crime Survey for England and Wales was published on 25th January 2018 and is available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingseptember2017#things-you-need-to-know-about-this-release
- Police Workforce, England and Wales: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-30-september-2017