Violent Crimes Top 1m in a Year

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Violent Crimes Top 1m in a Year


Byline: JAMES SLACK

FOR the first time in criminal history, more than a million people have suffered the pain and fear of a violent attack in just one year.

Official figures published today reveal 1,035,046 cases of violence against the person last year - four times higher than when Labour came to power.

Sex crimes and violent robberies added almost 150,000 more to the total.

Half the attacks were blamed on drunken yobs, despite Tony Blair's repeated promises to crack down on binge drinking.

The figures also revealed that, astonishingly, police officers are solving only ten crimes each a year - fewer than one a month.

Home Office Minister Hazel Blears admitted that many were stuck in 'call centres' rather than out catching crooks.

The figures show that, overall, crime was down by seven per cent. But falls in burglary (20 per cent), vehicle thefts (17 per cent) and robbery (12 per cent) were completely overshadowed by yet another surge in violent crime.

The seven point increase followed a 12 per cent rise last year.

The number of gun crimes rose six per cent to just under 11,000, with 73 people killed by guns, five more than the previous year.

The number slightly injured rocketed 81 per cent to 3,361 while the use of imitation weapons increased by more than half.

The most serious crimes in the violence against the person category, including homicide and serious wounding, rose 3 per cent. Less serious incidents, still involving injuries, leaped 13 per cent.

The category ranges from murder down to common assault, in which no one may actually be hurt.

It also includes all domestic violence.

Sex offences were up 17 per cent, though this was down to the inclusion of indecency for the first time. Drug offences rose one per cent.

Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: 'With violent crime continuing to spiral out of control it beggars belief that the Government's-only response is to unleash 24-hour drinking on our town and city centres. …

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