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Revealed: Over 13,000 crimes went unsolved last year in Wiltshire

July 27, 2022 7:00 AM
By South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

Wiltshire Police Force closed over 13,000 cases last year without even identifying a suspect, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

The party's analysis of new Home Office figures has found that, of the 39,993 offences committed between April 2021 and March 2022; 13,617 were unsolved.

This means a staggering 34% of crimes in Wiltshire were uninvestigated.

The Government has neglected Police Forces for far too long. They should be giving the forces the resources they need to make sure that every crime is investigated properly.

Liberal Democrat South West Wiltshire Spokesperson Ellen Nicholson reacted to the findings saying:

"These awful figures show criminals are getting away with victimising people on an industrial scale. The Conservative party love to talk tough on crime, but they can't even get the basics right.

"The South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on cutting crime.

"The Government should give forces the resources they need to make sure that every crime is investigated.

"We must reverse years of Conservative neglect that have made our communities less safe and let far too many criminals get away with it."

ENDS

Notes

Source: Home Office, Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables, 'Outcomes open data year ending March 2022'