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General Election 24: Labour candidate claims new figures show number of weapon offences in Essex increased by 55% since 2015/16. 

Crime / Wed 29th May 2024 at 05:29am

NEW figures show that the number of weapon offences in Essex has increased by 55% since 2015/16 claims Labour’s General Election candidate, Chris Vince.

Under the Tories, 90% of crimes are going unsolved and 10,000 neighbourhood police and PCSOs have been take off our streets since 2015. Police have also been urged to make fewer arrests to make up for the government’s failure to build more prison places say Labour.

A spokesperson said: “Knife crime has soared under the Tory Government, going up 80% since 2015 and, despite pledging 16 times to outlaw dangerous knives, too little has happened. Ninja swords, machetes and samurai swords are all too often found in our communities. 

Just last week, the Tories voted against proposals put forward by the Labour Party to ban ninja swords, which have been used to kill on our streets.  

Chris Vince backs Labour’s plan to rebuild security in Harlow and Essex and on Britain’s streets – with a mission to halve serious violence, including knife crime, and rebuild confidence in policing and the criminal justice system. Labour will guarantee town centre patrols by putting 13,000 more neighbourhood police and PCSOs on the beat, with a named officer for every community that people can get in touch with, to ensure a swift response to crime. 

“Labour has also proposed a new major youth programme – Young Futures – to help prevent violent crime from taking place in the first place and give teenagers the best start in life, with new youth hubs, containing mental health staff and youth workers to tackle the crisis in mental health, giving teenagers the support they need and prevent further violent crime”. 

Chris Vince, Labour parliamentary candidate for Harlow, said:

“These figures reveal the total failure of the Tories on law and order, with families and communities in Harlow and Essex paying the price. More criminals are being let off and more victims are being let down.  

“And for those who repeatedly cause trouble in their community or are found carrying weapons, there needs to be stronger interventions and clear consequences to stop their behaviour from escalating and to keep other people safe.

“I am glad that Labour is once again talking about getting tough on crime and also tough on the causes of crime and as your MP I will work with communities and community groups, to address this issue, and prevent knife crime from ruining the lives of any more families. 

“Enough is enough. Britain cannot afford more of this damaging decline from the Conservatives. Labour will restore the rule of law on Britain’s streets and in our communities and take urgent action to keep people safe from violent crime.” 

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8 Comments for General Election 24: Labour candidate claims new figures show number of weapon offences in Essex increased by 55% since 2015/16. :

Whatever
2024-05-29 05:46:01

Sir, As usual this lightweight character is putting his cart before his horse. The last time I checked, our gallant police officers were still responsible for apprehending criminals of every known persuasion, Perhaps C Vince hadn't noticed.

David Forman
2024-05-29 09:03:52

I like the idea that Mr Vince puts forward for young people called Young Futures. However, could Vince or the Editor provide the link to the crime figures referred to. We can be trusted to read them for ourselves, plus I don't trust politicians to correctly interpret figures.

Pedro
2024-05-29 09:50:21

If you want to know what knife crime under labours control then look no further than London under the control of Sadiq Khan. 2023 saw 67 deaths and over 13,500 knife related incidents.

David Forman
2024-05-29 10:39:47

Why did Mr Vince choose as far back as 2015/16 for his figures? The Essex PFCC Police and Crime Plan 2021/24 Monthly Performance Update states: "There was an 11.1% decrease (185 fewer) in the number of knife-enabled crime offences in the 12 months to December 2023 compared to the 12 months to December 2022. The number of knife-enabled crime offences also decreased by 8.7% (143 fewer) in the 12 months to December 2023 compared to the 12 months to December 2019." See https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&opi=89978449&url=https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/6.1-December-2023-PFCC-Monthly-Performance-Report-v.1.5.pdf%3Fx48020&ved=2ahUKEwj99dbZ07KGAxU1UUEAHeRKDh8QFnoECA0QAQ&usg=AOvVaw0cD_Byos5YEFwiyCRscYau

David Forman
2024-05-29 10:41:01

Now you know why I don't trust politicians with figures!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
2024-05-29 16:11:58

Here we go again!.... JACKANORY.

Eddie
2024-05-29 17:32:07

Mr Vince . Your leader didn't do a very good job of protecting the public when he was the director of public procecutions. He let dangerous criminals to stay in the country for them to attack and murder people. He has blood on his hands. Did you forget that.

M
2024-05-30 18:46:20

Don't make me laugh. Chris Vince the man who stamps his feet and storms out of the count for the locals ( in tears) is going to really scare the criminals of Harlow. You couldn't protect a kiddies playground let alone the town.

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