The Labour MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis has warned the Tories are failing to protect the public after new figures revealed crime in Norfolk 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 Norfolk, violent crime rose by 14%, robberies rose by 19% and total recorded crime rose by 12%.

Since 2010 Norfolk has lost 143 officers.

The County has also lost 50% of its PCSOs  (137 officers) meaning that Norfolk is one of the hardest hit constabularies in England for loss of PCSOs.

Clive Lewis said, “Shockingly, Norfolk has 280 fewer officers on the streets than in 2010. Nationally, today’s figures mean that police numbers are now the lowest and reported crime has risen the fastest since comparable records began. That’s the toxic combination which is resulting in soaring crime.

Our Police are being stretched to breaking point even before Norfolk Constabulary begins to abolish all of our PCSOs. Labour’s pledge on neighbourhood policing will put hundreds of officers back in our communities in Norfolk.”

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.”

 The crime figures are from the Office of National Statistics Statistical bulletin. You can find out more with these links:

Crime in England and Wales: year ending September 2017: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingseptember2017

Police numbers are from the Home Office Police Workforce, England and

Wales Statistical Bulletin 01/18: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/676204/hosb0118-police-workforce.pdf

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