There are warning signs for the police and Home Office, with the increase in theft. And earlier this week the British Retail Consortium's Survey showed an increase of over 15% in the cost of retail crime alongside a drop in the proportion of crime reported by retailers to the police from 48% to 16%.
This is perhaps why the Office for National Statistics has begun to express concern that apparent reductions in police recorded crime may be exaggerated.
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A 55-year-old man has died after being shot in front of shoppers in a packed supermarket car park in broad daylight.
The suspect, 35-year-old Willie Corey Godbolt, has been arrested and was being treated for a gunshot wound in hospital.