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Yvette Cooper says cuts put progress on crime at risk

Burglaries at homes in England and Wales increased by 14% in 2010-11 compared with the previous year, the British Crime Survey (BCS) suggests.

The survey of 45,000 households also indicated overall crime levels were up slightly, though researchers said this was not "statistically significant".

Separate data of crimes recorded by police showed crime fell 4% and domestic burglary was down 4%.

Reflecting on the figures, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper accused the government of putting progress at risk by cutting police numbers after "years of falling crime".

  • 14 Jul 2011