The text of the comments made by Sarah Jones, the Shadow Minister for Policing and Fire, on 17 July 2020.
These statistics show the continued impact of police cuts, with deeply worrying rises in violence across the country.
The nature of lockdown means there’s likely to be a fall in some types of violence, although worryingly not in areas such as domestic abuse. However, none of the issues that drive violence on our streets have been addressed and the economic fallout is likely to make many of them even worse.
The government urgently need to provide the funding so the officers they have promised can be delivered, to try and help repair the terrible damage they have done to policing since 2010.