Huge increase in recorded crime

Crime on the rise
Crime on the rise

CRIME in Wigan has rocketed by a massive 15.8 per cent in the space of a year.

Shock new figures released by the Home Office show that the number of offences has risen in almost every area looked at including violence, shoplifting and bicycle theft.

Thefts from a person increased by a colossal 103.4 per cent, reported sexual offences soared by 67.8 per cent and violence against a person is up 41.2 per cent.

Murders in the borough have also increased, from two in the year ending March 2014 to five in the year ending March 2015.

Only vehicle and drug offences decreased while robberies were down from 167 a year in 2014 to 165 and the number of burglaries rose by just 0.6 per cent.

Overall, the figures show a 10 per cent rise in recorded crime across Greater Manchester – compared to a three per cent rise nationally – which includes a 33 per cent increase in domestic violence and a 54 per cent rise in reports of sexual offences.

With crime rising across Greater Manchester as demand on policing increases, police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd is calling on Prime Minister David

Cameron to stop the cuts and invest in “the safety of our local communities.”

He said: “The public expect our police to deal with crime – but they also expect them to deal with complex issues such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and the protection of vulnerable people.

“Local people are rightly worried about the cuts to Greater Manchester Police and those concerns are cemented today as official figures show crime continues to rise.

“The Chief Constable and I remain committed to neighbourhood policing but it’s getting more difficult to put the public’s mind at ease as officer numbers fall and demand on the police service increases.

“So today I call on David Cameron to stop chipping away at the police service, invest in public safety and make sure that policing has the money and the means needed to keep us safe.”

Greater Manchester Police has lost more than 1,100 officers since 2010 and hundreds will go this year.

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “This increase in recorded violent crimes is showing some worrying trends and placing huge demand and risk on a reducing number of staff.

“Many of these incidents are complex with vulnerable victims to be protected and dangerous offenders to be brought under control.

“We are bringing many more cases to court but keeping on top of this is getting more and more challenging.”