Some police forces 'given up investigating' certain crimes

Some crimes are being ignored by some police forces because they have "given up investigating them", a watchdog has warned.

A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found there was a "mindset" among some forces of doing "little or nothing more than recording a crime without taking further action".

The watchdog claimed offences such as criminal damage or vehicle crime are "on the verge of being decriminalised" as some forces have given up investigating them.

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Police need 'the tools to do the job'

Police need "the tools to do the job" if they are going to investigate every crime which is reported, a watchdog has told Good Morning Britain.

HMIC's Thomas Winsor said police did prioritise violent crimes but needed to be "properly supervised, properly lead and given the tools to do the job," if they were going to investigate more low level criminality.

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