Newly released figures showing that crime is up in the North East paint a “very worrying picture” said the region’s UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.
The figures revealed by Office of National Statistics show that across the region the number of recorded crimes, excluding fraud, are up by by 24%. by 190,022.
The breakdown shows that at 35% Northumbria has the highest crime increase in any police force area in England and Wales against 2015. In Durham the rise has been 19% and Cleveland 11%.
“These figures paint a worrying picture in a time when a Conservative government is continuing to make cuts to our police forces,” said Mr Arnott.
“It surely demonstrates that you cannot just keep on cutting back on public services such as our vital police forces, because eventually something has to give.
“The public rightly expect that they should be safe in their homes and on the streets and these figures tend to undermine that expectation.
“The North East tops the league in unemployment figures and that inevitably has a knock on effect on crime figures as desperate people can be driven to desperate measures, although undoubtedly the vast majority are law abiding individuals.
It’s time to get touch on crime,” he added.