Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, has praised the West Mercia Police for their work in reducing crime and welcomed national figures that show that crime as a whole is down by more than a quarter since 2010 and has reached its lowest level on record – according to the latest figure from the independent Office for National Statistics.

The Government has been following an action plan to tackle crime by:

  1. Freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets
  2. Giving criminals tougher sentences so communities are protected and justice is done
  3. Giving the police the powers they need to tackle criminals, using the latest tools and techniques
  4. Stopping people from becoming criminals by tackling the root causes of crime
  5. Making the police answer to the community to help drive down crime in your area

Robin has regularly spoken out to support the West Mercia Police Service, in which his sister once served as a Police Constable, but has also been outspoken to defend local policing when he needed to, criticising plans to close down Worcester’s City Centre Policing team and helping to get them reversed.

Commenting on the figures today, Robin said:

‘We have been following an action plan to tackle crime and make Britain a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

‘This plan is working. The independent Crime Survey of England and Wales shows that crime continues to fall under this Government, reaching a record low. In West Mercia crime recorded by the police has fallen by 14% and I know that proactive local policing has played a huge part in that. Having been out with the police on the streets of Worcester on a number of occasions I am full or admiration for their professionalism and dedication.”