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Joanne McCartney reveals more than 18,000 crimes go unsolved in Haringey
More than 18,000 crimes in the borough went unsolved last year, according to figures released by a senior politician.
London Assembly member Joanne McCartney spoke of her shock after she found out that police only solved 20 per cent of reported crimes 2012/2013.
The Labour politician, who represents Haringey and Enfield and chairs the Assembly's police and crime committee, said the borough was trailing behind the national average of 27 per cent.
According to the latest police crime figures there were 18,609 unsolved crimes in Haringey in the year from April 2012 to March 2013, which represents 80 per cent of the total reported crimes.
Despite fewer crimes being reported in 2012/2013, the number of unsolved crimes rose from 2008/2009, when 30 per cent of crimes were solved by the borough’s police.
Since May 2010, Haringey has lost 58 police officers and 56 police community support officers.
Ms McCartney said: “It is shocking that overall reported crime is down yet the number of unsolved crimes in Haringey is up to 80 per cent.
“Boris [Mayor of London] talks big about reported crime going down, but so far he has ignored that the number of crimes actually solved on his watch has plummeted.
“Compared to the average in England and Wales, London is trailing on the number of crimes solved where we should be setting the gold standard.”
The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, said she was very disappointed with the figures.
She said: “Having over 18,000 unsolved crimes in our Borough is unacceptable.
“We know that the Conservative Mayor’s crime plans for London have had a negative effect on the number of police in Haringey, and have led to a loss of front counter services.
“The large number of unsolved cases may well be attributable to the effects of his plans – and I once again urge the Mayor to reconsider his decisions.”
The Haringey Independent is awaiting a comment from the police.
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