Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to new crime figures published with a warning that the Tories are ‘failing to protect the public’ after it revealed significant increases in crime reported, as police officer numbers reach a historic low nationwide.

In Cambridgeshire, violent crime rose by 18%, robberies rose by 25% and total recorded crime rose by 14%.

Since 2010 Cambridgeshire police force has lost 88 police officers and 98 PCSOs.

Daniel Zeichner said: “The public are now being forced to pay the price for the reckless risk the Tories took with public safety when they slashed 21,000 officers. Our police are at breaking point and these shocking figures reveal the Tories are failing in their duty to protect the public.”

“Rather than tackle surging crime we have a Prime Minister so overwhelmed by fighting internal battles that she was desperate to go on holiday early.”

“It is high time the Prime Minister and Home Secretary faced up to their responsibility and urgently act to put police officers back on our streets. The Tory record on crime has seen eight years of wretched failure with devastating consequences for our communities.”

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