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Three-out-of-four crimes in East End left unsolved, London Assembly reveals

PUBLISHED: 09:01 24 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:01 24 October 2013

John Biggs tours East End where he says 75pc crime is unsolved

John Biggs tours East End where he says 75pc crime is unsolved

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Only one-in-four crimes in London’s East End is being solved by police, according to latest figures from the London Assembly.

More criminals are getting away with it undetected—with almost 22,000 unsolved crimes in Tower Hamlets last year alone, claims Labour’s John Biggs.

“It is shocking that unsolved crimes in Tower Hamlets is up to 75 more since 2010,” he said.

“The Mayor of London talks big about reported crime going down, but so far has ignored the numbers actually solved have plummeted.

“London is trailing the rest of the country, when we should be setting the standard instead.”

Only 25 per cent is being solved in Tower Hamlets, latest Home Office statistics reveal.

“Boris Johnson talks about getting more bobbies on the beat—but this is not happening,” he added. “The number of Pcs has been reduced in Tower Hamlets by 16 per cent and community support officers by more than half.”

The revelations come at a time when the East End has lost 129 police officers and 66 support officers since 2010, the figures show.

Mr Biggs, who represents east London at City Hall, is calling for an immediate halt to police budgets being cut. Reducing budgets will lead to fewer victims being satisfied with the police service which he says is “not acceptable.”

The statistics come in the wake of front-counter services being withdrawn in some police stations and reduced hours at others such as Bethnal Green.


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