Jeremy Corbyn mounts fresh blast at Theresa May over police cuts as attempted murders double

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18th April 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has launched a fresh attack on government police cuts on the back of a two-fold increase in attempted murders since the Tories came to power.

Jeremy Corbyn has blamed police cuts for the near two-fold increase in attempted murders
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Office for National Statistics (ONS) crime figures show that attempted killings rocketed from 523 for the period of April 2010-March 2011, to 1,040 between October 2017-September 2018.

That represented a 99% increase on the 2010 figures, according to Labour's analysis.

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The stats also show that attempted murders hit a peak of 1,347 - their highest level on record - between April 2017 to 2018.

That represented a substantial leap from 795 in the same period the previous year.

Homicides as a whole rose by 16% between April 2010 to March 2011, at 639, to a peak of 739 between October 2017 and September 2018.

Crimes classified as murder rose from 559 to 623 in the eight years, with figures beneath the 2010 figure every year until April 2017, when a year-on-year rise took hold.

The Labour leader said the scale of violent crime “is shocking and clear” as he accused the Government of being “in denial”.

"The Prime Minister continues to claim there is no connection between her police cuts and soaring levels of violent crime," he said.

"Theresa May should listen to the people whose lives are being turned upside down by crime and to police chiefs around the country."

The Home Office has been contacted for comment.