Lancashire Police have been rated inadequate after failing to record 20,000 crimes a year. The criticism is in a new report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies. The recording rate for violent crime is a particular cause of concern at only 78.3 percent.
The 15.7 percent of reported crimes that went unrecorded included serious crimes such as sexual offences, domestic abuse and rape.
Improvements must be made. There are too many failures to make the correct crime-recording decision at the beginning. That's often due to poor crime-recording processes and an insufficient understanding of crime-recording requirements compounded by limited supervision to correct these decisions.
The figures relate to:1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017.
The report adds there was some progress in putting victims at forefront of their crime-recording and improving procedures for dealing with modern day slavery.
But it said 'much work remains to be done.'
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'Trapped' aims to highlight how to spot signs that individuals are being targetted by criminals and how to report it.
“Offenders use intimidation to exploit and control children and vulnerable adults to carry out criminal activity on their behalf.
“The people they are targeting are often singled out because they may have a troubled life at home, are in the care system or are being bullied and looking for protection.
“Those being subjected to these hideous crimes are victims, not criminals, and I want to reassure anybody who feels trapped that there is a way out and we will listen to what you have to say.”
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The week will focus on abuse in sport and will see a series of events take place.
Specialist officers will be taking part aiming to highlight the signs of abuse to parents.
Police are hunting for a robber who broke into a care home in Leigh and attached a 97-year-old woman with dementia.
The victim’s bedroom was one of three broken into during the horrific incident on Battersby street in Leigh.
She suffered minor injuries, but police say they could have been much worse.
It is believed that the break-in happened sometime between 4am and 7am on Saturday morning.
Police have now released an image of the man they believe is responsible for the robbery, and are hoping the public can help identify him.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison, Territorial Commander for the Wigan Borough said: "How someone could sink so low as to break into a care home is beyond me. My thoughts are with the lady, I am so glad her injuries weren't more serious.
"We are keen to identify the man in the CCTV. He is seen to be riding a bicycle and carrying a suitcase that we believe was stolen from one of the rooms.
"We have stepped up patrols in the area as our investigation continues.
"Anyone who saw anyone acting suspicious in the area last night or may have any idea who this man could be, is asked to contact police as soon as possible."
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This from our correspondent Ashley Derricott
Merseyside Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of two girls from Southport who have been missing from home since Friday.
Ellie Pritchard, aged 14, and Danielle Littlewood, aged 13, are both from Southport and didn't go to school yesterday. They were last seen at 6.30pm at Southport Train Station.
Extensive enquiries are being carried out to find the girls, who may have travelled together to the Bradford area of West Yorkshire.
Ellie is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, of medium build, with blue eyes and shoulder length blonde hair. When last seen, she was wearing a black coat, white t-shirt, black leggings and black shoes.
Danielle is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build, with long, light brown straight hair. When last seen, she was wearing her school uniform, a grey blazer over a green shirt.
Both girls are believed to have been frequenting the Allerton and Brown Royds areas of Bradford.