UK police numbers Cut has contributed to rise in crime
Acting Chief Constable Chris Weigh of the Lancashire force said the loss of front line officers had resulted in an “inevitable” increase in the number of offences being committed.
It is the first time a chief police officer has attributed a spike in crime statistics to budgetary pressures and will increase calls for the Government to rethink its plans for a 20 per cent cut in police funding.
Mr Weigh, whose force has lost 500 officers so far, said there had been a “significant” rise in certain crimes including house burglary which was up 8.4 per cent and violent crime which was up 5.4 per cent in April compared to the same time last year.
He also suggested that the recession was leading to an increase in certain crimes such as shoplifting for food.
Mr Weigh stressed that while overall crime across the country remained at “historically” low levels, the upward trend in some offences was a real cause for concern.
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