Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to crime figures published today, said:
“After years of falling crime, these figures show the further progress people want is now at risk and there are some very worrying signs.
“According to the British Crime Survey, burglary is up by 14 per cent, domestic violence is up by a shocking 35 per cent, violent crime is up, including a 38 per cent increase in ‘assault with minor injury.’
“Overall crime hasn't fallen this year, after a drop of over 40 per cent during the Labour years.
“Now is not the time for the Tory-led Government to take risks with community safety by cutting over 12,000 police officers. People want crime to fall further and the Government is doing nothing to help.
“Chief Constables have been put in an impossible position by the sheer scale and pace of the Government's 20 per cent police cuts which go too far too fast.
“David Cameron and Theresa May have set out no strategy for cutting crime and they are making it harder for the police to do their jobs.”