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New UK Crime Figures Show Rise in Violence, Burglaries and Car Theft

The government’s decision to cut police funding has led to increases in house burglaries and car thefts, one of the UK’s top policeman has warned.

According to Chris Weigh, acting chief constable of Lancashire Constabulary, more than 500 officers have been taken off the streets in his area.

Weigh claims the move has led to a ‘genuine, real increase in offending’.

While most crime across the UK is at a historic low, new data reveals that in April 2012 house burglaries went up 8.4 per cent, car crime 6.4 per cent and violent crime with injury 5.8 per cent, compared with the same period in 2011.

Although London’s crime statistics for 2012 are unavailable, the figures are generally higher than the rest of the UK.

Weigh the Lancashire Evening Post: ‘There is no doubt the courts are behaving differently. There is evidence that people are struggling to get people remanded in custody and there are some new crime types emerging’.

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