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Discrepancy in new crime figures needs investigating
12:08pm Thursday 30th January 2014 in News
County crime is continuing to fall, new statistics reveal.
But a leading councillor is to seek national clarification about a conflict in figures.
The annual Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated there were eight million crimes in the year to the end of last September – the lowest estimate in the survey’s 32-year history.
But crime figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), recorded 3.7 million offences – less than half of the crime survey and only a three per cent decrease.
West Yorkshire Police said the ONS data showed crime fell in the county by four per cent, meaning there were 6,152 fewer victims of crime.
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “These figures demonstrate police officers and staff are working incredibly hard to help bring down crime, and the commitment in bringing criminals to justice is working.”
Bradford Council deputy leader Councillor Imran Hussain, in charge of safer and stronger communities in the district, welcomed the figures, but said the discrepancy between the police and Crime Survey data needed further investigation.
He said: “The police figures have been branded as unreliable, as I understand it.”
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