Daily Mail

Yard savaged as it fails to log 69,000 offences a year

- By Crime and Security Editor

BRITAIN’S biggest police force is failing to record thousands of crimes of stalking, domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour – responding to just one in 21 calls in some areas.

The police watchdog raised ‘serious concerns’ about the Metropolit­an Police’s performanc­e after the force failed in six out of nine areas of work, with the blunders resulting in offenders evading justice.

Just days after Sir Mark Rowley took over as Commission­er, His

Majesty’s Inspectora­te of Constabula­ry and Fire & Rescue Services has demanded that Scotland Yard make urgent improvemen­ts.

The report found that more than 69,100 offences a year were going unrecorded, with victims of domestic violence or those suffering longterm abuse such as stalking, controllin­g and coercive behaviour or harassment being ignored.

Not all reports of rape were correctly recorded and in some cases it was taking more than three days for crimes to be logged – leading to delays in rape investigat­ions and victims receiving support.

Inspectors believe the force turns a blind eye to many incidents of anti-social behaviour, with just one out of the 21 calls from victims leading to a crime being logged.

The force, which was put into special measures three months ago, was labelled ‘inadequate’ in the way it responds to the public, with call handlers unable to answer 999 calls quickly enough, and failures to identify vulnerable or repeat victims.

It also missed ‘opportunit­ies to preserve evidence which may help investigat­ions’.

Shoddy investigat­ions by inexperien­ced detectives also let criminals off the hook, the inspectors found.

Inspector of Constabula­ry Matt Parr warned: ‘ Until the force improves how it responds to incidents and increases the capability and supervisio­n of its investigat­ors, it will not be able to sustainabl­y reduce crime.’

Dame Lynne Owens, Met Deputy Commission­er, said: ‘We want to remove as many hurdles as possible to make it easier for hardworkin­g officers to fight crime, deliver justice and support victims.’

‘Let criminals off the hook’

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