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Violent crime soars by 18 per cent as warnings raised on falling police numbers

Violent crime soars by 18 per cent as warnings raised on falling police numbers in 2017.

THE nation is in the grip of a surge in violent crime, figures have revealed.

Shocking statistics show that offenses of violence have soared by 18 per cent in just 12 months.
They come as a separate report showed the number of police officers has fallen to its lowest level since 1985.
Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation which represents rank and file officers, said: “What more of a wake-up call does the government need? “Officer numbers are dropping consistently every year yet our members are having to deal with not only more crimes but the most unimaginable atrocities such as those in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge.
Police officer and model with knife

Violent crimes up 18% as the number of police officers has fallen to its lowest level since 1985
“Particularly worrying is the drop in the front line and neighbourhood officers when we all know that community policing is fundamental in tackling both traditional crimes like burglary and the terror threat.”

Gun crimes are up 24 per cent while knife offences have increased by a fifth over the same period.
The soaring number of attacks along with an increase in sex crimes and thefts are behind the largest annual increase in crimes recorded in a decade.
The number of crimes in England and Wales was nearly five million in the year to March 2017.
Police at London Bridge
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures mark a 10 per cent rise compared with the same 12-month period a year earlier.
Police recorded 458,021 more offences, which the ONS said was partly driven by a rise in violence against the person, which soared to 175,060 offences.
Sexual offences rose 14 per cent to the highest level since new recording standards were introduced in 2002, although the year-on-year rate of increase slowed.
A long-term decline in the rate of thefts was also reversed. They rose by seven per cent to 118,774. Public order offences jumped 39 per cent to 78,697.
Police officers
The figures predate the horrific terror attacks in Manchester and at London Bridge. Chief Constable Simon Byrne, of the National Police Chiefs Council, said: “The 10 per cent rise in police recorded crime causes us concern, particularly when the number of police officers is at its lowest since 1985.
“There are genuine rises in a range of crimes like theft, knife crime and some types of violent crime, including homicide, and high numbers of people targeted by fraud and cyber offences.”
Rachel Almeida, Victim Support’s head of policy, said: “This is a great cause for concern, especially given the increase in recorded violent crimes, threatening behaviour and theft.
“These types of crime can cause deep emotional, physical and psychological effects on victims.”
Police tape
The ONS figures showed there were 5,800 more offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, and an increase of 1,200 involving a firearm.
There were 723 homicides, an increase of 149 on the previous year, a 26 per cent rise. But the ONS did say the figure included the 96 alleged manslaughter victims of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. Robbery was up 16 per cent to around 8,000 offences.
A separate measure, the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW), reported 11 million offences, including new experimental figures for fraud and cyber crimes. But an overall seven per cent reduction was recorded by the CSEW when fraud and cyber crimes were excluded – down from 6.3 million to 5.9 million.
Downing Street said the CSEW – previously known as the British Crime Survey – was the “more reliable” measure.
Policing Minister Nick Hurd said: “We recognise that crime is changing and we are determined to get ahead of new and emerging threats to the safety and security of our families and communities.”


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