WIGAN has suffered an alarming upsurge in crime in the last year, shock new figures reveal. Overall offences recorded in the borough have risen by 23 per cent in a trend reflected across Greater Manchester.
The number of sexual offences increased by 78 per cent with robbery and violent crime incidents up 23 per cent and 42 per cent, respectively, although drug offences dropped by almost a quarter.
In response to the figures, police chiefs have further lambasted the government for cutting budgets.
But GMP has said the rise could be in part due to more accurate recording of certain crimes. Wigan MP Lisa Nandy told the Evening Post the current level of cuts is “short-sighted”.
The stats include the murder of two women: Nicola Langtree and Joanne Harrison.