Kate has warned the government is ‘failing to protect the public’ after new figures revealed crime in Manchester is soaring.
Since the Tories came to power in 2010, in Greater Manchester, total recorded crime has gone up by 27 per cent.
Under the Tories, violent crime in Greater Manchester has gone up by 41 per cent, and robberies are up by a massive 48 per cent.
Conservative cuts have sent police officer numbers to historic lows. Since 2010 Greater Manchester Police have lost almost 1,800 officers, a drop of 22 per cent.
Across the country, police officer numbers are now at the lowest level in three decades. More than 21,000 officers have been cut nationwide and Police Recorded Crime has gone up in every single police force, bar one (the City of London).
Kate said, “Too often I’m hearing from residents who tell me that they’ve reported serious crimes to the police, who haven’t had the resources to visit them to take details.
“Local people are being forced to pay the price for the reckless risk the Tories took with public safety when they slashed officer numbers.”
“Our police are at breaking point and these shocking figures reveal the Tories are failing in their duty to protect the public.”
Louise Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister said:
“The Tories have lost control of the fight against serious crime.“Rather than tackle surging crime we have a Prime Minister so overwhelmed by fighting internal battles that she was desperate to go on holiday early.”
“It is high time the Prime Minister and Home Secretary faced up to their responsibility and urgently act to put police officers back on our streets. The Tory record on crime has seen eight years of wretched failure with devastating consequences for our communities.”