Report into claims crime figures were massaged

Kent Police Commissioner called for the report into the crime stats claims Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A report will be published on Monday into claims that Kent Police officers have been encouraged to massage the county's crime figures.

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, commissioned an inspection from the police watchdog, the HMIC, to determine whether residents can have confidence in the statistics.

It followed allegations that were made in November last year that some officers were being put under pressure to let criminals go as part of a practice involving taking other offences into consideration.

The allegations emerged after five officers were questioned in an anti-corruption probe.