Police in England and Wales failed to solve 1,145,254 cases of theft and robbery: Labor

Police in England and Wales failed to solve 1,145,254 burglaries and robberies in the year to June 2022, according to a Labor Party analysis.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said domestic robberies cost victims an average of £1,400 in damages, helping to boost insurance premiums for everyone.

she said Telegraph: “This is disgraceful. Theft and robbery are terrible crimes and should be properly investigated rather than left victims to file insurance claims.”

‘No plan’

Cooper, who criticized Home Secretary Suera Braverman, said, “The Home Secretary has no plans to turn this around.”

However, former Conservative Party leader Sir Ian Duncan Smith said:

“The problem is that the police leadership has succumbed to politically correct bullying, to such an extent that it appears that the last on their top priority list is dealing with crime,” he added.

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Home Secretary Suela Braverman addressing MPs in the House of Commons in London on 14 December 2022. (House of Commons/PA Media)

Duncan-Smith said the police were “overloaded” and “must increasingly take on the work that social services should do.”

He added: People want crimes investigated. “

Between July 2021 and June 2022, police in England and Wales have completed 1,145,254 burglary and robbery investigations. Usually because they couldn’t find any evidence to indict the suspect.

This equates to 3,000 crimes every day.

The police have been criticized in the past for not sending officers to even a preliminary investigation after a home burglary.

According to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), some British police already have a policy of being present at all home burglaries, while “a probative line of investigation has been established. Some police have a policy of only attending if it is established that the victim is vulnerable or elderly. “

Earlier this year, London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley told the BBC that the proportion of reported robberies witnessed by police officers had fallen to 50%.

In October, NPCC chairman Martin Hewitt pledged that police would be present at all home robberies in an effort to restore public confidence in the police.

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An undated photo shows a CCTV still image of a robbery in Keston, England. (Metropolitan Police Department)

Hewitt’s comments followed Braverman’s speech, in which she urged police to focus on actual crime-fighting rather than making “symbolic gestures.”

In an open letter dated Sept. 23, Braverman said police hoped to reduce homicides, serious violence and neighborhood crime by 20%.

In a speech at a Conservative party conference on 4 October, Braverman praised the military for their already committed visits to the sites of all robberies, stating: I expect to investigate all neighborhood crimes, and I do too.”

Crime and policing are expected to be major issues in the next general election, which could take place as early as next year but likely in 2024.

Sir Kiel Sturmer, leader of the opposition Labor Party, is a former Prosecutor General.

Rishi Sunak became prime minister in October.

The two faced off in the Conservative Party leadership race over the summer, during which Sunak pledged to oppose policing that “woke up” and said: “

The proportion of crimes ending in indictment or court summons in England and Wales has declined since 2015, reaching 5.6% in the year to March 2022, down from 7.1% in the previous year and down from 7.1% in the previous year. It’s unfavorable compared to the 15% rate. Previous.

Last year’s 2 million criminal investigations, including 300,000 violent crimes, did not identify any suspects.

Among the unsolved crimes is the murder of Kenny Carter16. He was stabbed to death in Stretford in January 2022 shortly after the game between Manchester United and West Ham at nearby Old Trafford. Ten teenagers were arrested, but no charges have been filed.

A Interior Ministry spokesman told The Telegraph: We will continue to support the police with record investments and by March 2023 he will recruit 20,000 new officers. “

PA Media contributed to this report.

Chris Summers

Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.