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Jenny slams Government as Police report largest rise in crime for a decade

Responding to the crime statistics released last week which revealed the largest rise in recorded crime in a decade, with Durham Constabulary recording the largest percentage increase in crime in England and Wales[1]. Jenny Chapman has warned that this is an “unacceptable increase”, highlighting how police office cuts are “leaving Darlington’s communities exposed”.

Jenny said:

“Our police force do a great job in difficult circumstances, but the latest report shows a concerning increase in crime in the in our area. Unfortunately the Government continue to pursue real term cuts to our police service”

“The increase in crime begins to expose gaps in police cuts and their lack of credibility. I know people in Darlington want their police service well-resourced to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour”

“When I was re-elected I promised I would fight to make sure that our police force has the resources it needs to keep us safe”  

“Darlington is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Durham Constabulary, which covers Darlington, recorded the lowest number of crimes in the North East. But I am extremely worried Durham Constabulary has also recorded the highest increase in crime in England and Wales, jumping 55% between March 2016 and 2017

Louise Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Policing and Crime Minister said:

“These damning new figures prove that this government cannot be trust to keep our communities safe”

“You can’t protect the public on the cheap”

“This is the grim legacy of seven years of Tory austerity; dedicated police officers fighting hard to keep the public safe with few officers per head than ever before. Labour will recruit another 10,000 new police officers to help keep us safe.” 


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