Crime increases

Stephen Hepburn, MP for the Jarrow Constituency has questioned government ministers at the Home Office about recent crime increases in South Tyneside. 

Mr Hepburn asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the level of reported crime in South Tyneside between April 2017 and March 2018, and if he would make a statement.

According to official figures released by the Office for National Statistics last month, there were over 15,000 reported offences in South Tyneside between April 2017 and March 2018 alone. This was an over 20 per cent increase from the previous year. 

Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for the Home Department, responded to the Jarrow constituency MPs question with: “Police recorded crime figures for England and Wales are published quarterly by the Home Office.

“Total crime recorded (excluding fraud) in South Tyneside Community Service Partnership has increased by 21% in the year to March 2018 compared to year to March 2017.

“Nationally total police recorded crime (including fraud) increased by 11% in the year ending March 2018 compared with the previous year. The Office for National Statistics points to improvements to recording practices by forces, expanded offence coverage, an increased willingness of victims to come forward and report certain crimes like sexual offences and domestic abuse to the police and genuine increases in some crime categories, especially in those that are well recorded, as important factors in explaining trends in police recorded crime.”

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

“These figures are shocking yet unsurprising. We know already that since 2010, the number of police in the Northumbria policing area has been cut by 27 per cent.

“Despite this, those in Government have the nerve to continue to deny any link between the rise in crime and the cuts to police officer numbers.

“Theresa May has got a lot to answer for. This Tory Government has broken its promise to protect funding, with police funding cut in real terms and fewer police officers on our streets.

“That's why I’m proud to be backing Labour’s plans to bring back 10,000 police officers to tackle rising crime."



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Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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