64% of crimes in Tilehurst go unpunished

7 Mar 2024
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Official statistics from the police have shown that, across Tilehurst, only 3% of crimes committed in the past year have resulted in a conviction or a caution.

During this time 1,405 recorded crimes were committed in Tilehurst, with the most frequent being violence and sexual offences, anti-social behaviour and theft.

However, only 3% of these crimes resulted in a charge or caution being given. In most cases a suspect was not identified, or there was insufficient evidence to charge a suspect. The remaining 33% of crimes had local resolution, are still under investigation or pending a court outcome, or further investigation was not deemed in the public interest.

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Tilehurst, James Moore said:

“This is simply not good enough. Conservative cuts have taken 1000 Police Community Support Officers of the streets in the past year alone. The Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner has sat back and let this happen on his watch.”

“Everyone knows that the local police team in Reading work extremely hard and do an excellent job. But they are overstretched and under-resourced.”

“We need a properly funded police force with the resources to prevent more crimes, and to investigate those which are committed more effectively.”

“The Liberal Democrats have called for an urgent meeting with the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner to call for more resources to fight and punish crime in Tilehurst.”