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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Police not recording a fifth of crimes, watchdog report suggests

Comment: Excuse me while I bin the crime stats of the last twenty years...


BBC News

A fifth of crimes in England and Wales could be going unrecorded by police, according to a report.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said 14 alleged rapes were among the offences that had not been recorded by officers.

One report of rape was not recorded because of "workload pressure", the inspection of 13 forces found.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the report exposed "unacceptable failings" by the police.

HMIC - which inspects and monitors the 43 police forces in England and Wales - is conducting an inspection into the recording of crime data.

If its initial findings were repeated across England and Wales, it could mean 20% of all crimes were going unrecorded, it said.

Mrs May said it was "quite possible" the HMIC study could lead to an increase in recorded crime.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said the report highlighted both "strengths and weakness" in the forces inspected.

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