Well, just look at that! The WORST crime figures for 10 years just happen to be released on the last day of term and as May-Day runs to the hills for three weeks. Chance? Yeah, right!
The total number of crimes reported to and recorded by the police rose by 10% between April 2016 and March 2017, that’s 458,000 offences, to almost five million in total.
Violent crime was up by 18%, robbery by 16% and sex offences by 14%.
There was a 9% rise in homicides and there was also a 23% increase in firearms offences – equalling a further 1,200 crimes – and a 20% increase in knife crime – meaning 5,800 more offences.
The figures come as Home Office data shows the number of police officers across England and Wales have fallen 0.7 per cent to 123,142 officers at the end of March this year, the lowest number since records began in 1996.
Remember that for the vast majority of this time Tess May was the Home Secretary and she kept telling everyone they were, “scaremongering” when it came to the results of her cuts. No wonder she has run away for three weeks.