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Local MP says criminals are getting away 'scot-free'

26th August 2006 @ 7:07am – by Audlem Webteam
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Local MP Stephen O'Brien has blamed the soaring robbery and violent crime figures in the Crewe & Nantwich area on a failing justice system. Mr O'Brien said that too many criminals are not being punished for their crimes.

He said: "More burglars and robbers are getting away scot-free with their actions, and their victims are not seeing proper justice. Local people and representatives know that the police officers in Cheshire are working hard but are being held back by Whitehall red tape that prevents them patrolling the streets and catching criminals."

New Home Office figures show a 69% rise in robberies and a 30% increase in violent crime in the borough over the past year. Despite the increases, the police insist they are catching more criminals and that the rises are being shared by other forces across the country. The police also said that the rise in violent crime was mainly confined to lower level offences such as harassment and common assault.


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