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Lancashire Police failing to record 20,000 crimes a year - new report

Lancashire Police fail to record 20,000 crimes a year according to report. Credit: PA

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.

– Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies.

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.'