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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the publication of Quarterly Crime Statistics today, said:

“These figures are deeply worrying and show that its an irresponsible time to cut over 16,000 police officers.

"Personal crime - which includes robbery, theft and violence against other people - has gone up by a shocking 11 per cent. This is the biggest annual increase in personal crime for over a decade and follows a 41 per cent drop during the Labour Government. Yet the Home Secretary still has no strategy to cut personal crime and is only cutting police officers instead.

“Overall there are serious signs that the long-term work to cut crime has now stalled - with a 4 per cent increase in overall crime in these figures.

“People will also be very worried by the 10 per cent increase in robberies involving knives as the Tory-led Government seems to have no strategy to tackle knife crime and community safety work has been so heavily cut back.

“The Home Secretary needs to urgently rethink the scale of police cuts and set out a proper plan to cut crime instead.”

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