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In the West Midlands there has been a one per cent rise in recorded crime, compared to a two per cent national rise.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said,
“These statistics should be a wake-up to the next government that crime is not falling, it is changing.

“These statistics highlight a fall across the force area in many crimes such as robbery, criminal damage and drug offences, but show a rise in previously hidden sexual offences. Better recording, and stronger action from the police is making people more confident that these crimes will be tackled. To meet this demand and investigate these crimes, West Midlands Police has increased its Public Protection Unit from 300 to 800 staff.

“These statistics are an endorsement of my call for a fairer funding settlement for the West Midlands. Our force receives £43 million pounds a year less than the government’s own formula says we need. The West Midlands is losing out to lower crime areas, with less need.

“If we are to continue to tackle crime and solve the complicated crimes of the future then the government needs to give us our fair share and invest in local policing.”

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