Cllr David Brown, Gloucestershire Liberal Democrat Police spokesperson, responds to the latest Government statistics showing a 12 per cent rise in knife crime in the last year.
“Unnecessary Conservative police funding cuts have directly led to a massive drop in police numbers in Gloucestershire, with 250 fewer police officers in Gloucestershire than 10 years ago. Now the Government’s own statistics show yet another increase in crime, with a 12 per cent increase in knife crime in the last year.
“Gloucestershire’s Lib Dems have long campaigned for more money for our county’s police, something that got shouted down by Tory councillors back in May. However, with further evidence that cuts are making communities less safe, it’s time for the Conservatives to show whether they are serious about tackling crime by increasing the level of funding.”