As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on June 1st, Stephanie
has pointed the finger at cuts to policing as violent crime in South Yorkshire soars.
Commenting in Parliament recently, the local MP accused the Government’s cuts to police resources as the main reason behind an increase in violent crime of 57 per cent over the last year in South Yorkshire.
Over 2016, there were 24,566 violent crimes committed in South Yorkshire.
Across 2017, the figure reached 38,506 – an increase of almost 14,000 violent crimes compared to the previous year.
Throughout England and Wales in 2017, there were 1.35m violent crimes committed – a rise of 21 per cent compared to 2016.
Since 2010, South Yorkshire Police have lost 480 officers and around a third of their PCSOs, meaning around 600 fewer police staff on the front-line.
Speaking in Parliament, the Barnsley East MP drew a link between the decreasing numbers of police resulting from devastating cuts by the Government, and the spike in violent crime.
Commenting, Stephanie said:
“Our hard-working police services continue to do incredible work in our communities, but cuts to police resources by this Tory Government have placed them under unprecedented pressure.
“The numbers of police officers here in South Yorkshire and across the country continues to fall, violent crime is rising, and it’s communities like ours that are put at risk.
“There isn’t just one simple reason for the huge increase in violent crime, but there is one common theme: savage Tory cuts that have created the conditions that allow it to flourish.”