Police cuts not to blame for violent crimes in Colchester, says Home Secretary

Mrs May spoke to volunteers from Colchester's SOS bus

Mrs May spoke to volunteers from Colchester's SOS bus

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Financial pressures on Essex Police are not to blame for recent violent crimes in Colchester, the Home Secretary insists.

Theresa May was speaking during a visit to the town on Friday night.

By 2016, Essex Police will be working with a budget £76million per year lower than in 2010, with hundreds of officers’ jobs at risk.

Mrs May said: “All police forces have had to make cuts, but crucially they have responded well and we see that across the county.

“Crime is falling and I think that shows it is not just about what you spend, but how you spend it."

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10:42am Mon 21 Jul 14

sam vines says...

So the Home Secretary can find the time to visit Colchester communicate with us and speak to those who give up time to deal with those who cant handle the night time economy. But our town's MP feels a media appearance on "About Anglia" is all that is needed.
So the Home Secretary can find the time to visit Colchester communicate with us and speak to those who give up time to deal with those who cant handle the night time economy. But our town's MP feels a media appearance on "About Anglia" is all that is needed. sam vines
  • Score: 24

11:20am Mon 21 Jul 14

InspectorMontalbano says...

The point here is quite poignant it is one of prioritising resources.
where the police and public service have fallen by the way side is in their insistence to carry on bolstering the pension scheme on the backs of current funding.
There should be a nationwide counter intelligence squad instigated and created, to be free roaming nationwide and and have powers to relinquish all types of serious crime, with very special powers of enforcement.
Russell has appeared to have done nothing in this current debacle and should stand down before the general election next year.
I suggest Lord David Sutch's nephew to stand for the Liberal Democrat husting ASAP.
The point here is quite poignant it is one of prioritising resources. where the police and public service have fallen by the way side is in their insistence to carry on bolstering the pension scheme on the backs of current funding. There should be a nationwide counter intelligence squad instigated and created, to be free roaming nationwide and and have powers to relinquish all types of serious crime, with very special powers of enforcement. Russell has appeared to have done nothing in this current debacle and should stand down before the general election next year. I suggest Lord David Sutch's nephew to stand for the Liberal Democrat husting ASAP. InspectorMontalbano
  • Score: 3

11:30am Mon 21 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

InspectorMontalbano wrote:
The point here is quite poignant it is one of prioritising resources.
where the police and public service have fallen by the way side is in their insistence to carry on bolstering the pension scheme on the backs of current funding.
There should be a nationwide counter intelligence squad instigated and created, to be free roaming nationwide and and have powers to relinquish all types of serious crime, with very special powers of enforcement.
Russell has appeared to have done nothing in this current debacle and should stand down before the general election next year.
I suggest Lord David Sutch's nephew to stand for the Liberal Democrat husting ASAP.
Russell only has one thing on his little mind-getting reelected next May.
Raising Five fingers for Five election wins.
The only issues he really cares about are blocking Jumbo, blocking Mile End(his childhood home),and Scouts.
Its time to start the May campaign now" KICK RUSSELL OUT"(KRO)!!!
I don't care which party you vote for as long as its not the 69 year old(b/d 31.3)
[quote][p][bold]InspectorMontalbano[/bold] wrote: The point here is quite poignant it is one of prioritising resources. where the police and public service have fallen by the way side is in their insistence to carry on bolstering the pension scheme on the backs of current funding. There should be a nationwide counter intelligence squad instigated and created, to be free roaming nationwide and and have powers to relinquish all types of serious crime, with very special powers of enforcement. Russell has appeared to have done nothing in this current debacle and should stand down before the general election next year. I suggest Lord David Sutch's nephew to stand for the Liberal Democrat husting ASAP.[/p][/quote]Russell only has one thing on his little mind-getting reelected next May. Raising Five fingers for Five election wins. The only issues he really cares about are blocking Jumbo, blocking Mile End(his childhood home),and Scouts. Its time to start the May campaign now" KICK RUSSELL OUT"(KRO)!!! I don't care which party you vote for as long as its not the 69 year old(b/d 31.3) Shrubendlad
  • Score: 59

11:32am Mon 21 Jul 14

sam vines says...

InspectorMontalbano wrote:
The point here is quite poignant it is one of prioritising resources.
where the police and public service have fallen by the way side is in their insistence to carry on bolstering the pension scheme on the backs of current funding.
There should be a nationwide counter intelligence squad instigated and created, to be free roaming nationwide and and have powers to relinquish all types of serious crime, with very special powers of enforcement.
Russell has appeared to have done nothing in this current debacle and should stand down before the general election next year.
I suggest Lord David Sutch's nephew to stand for the Liberal Democrat husting ASAP.
Their is its called the NCA.
[quote][p][bold]InspectorMontalbano[/bold] wrote: The point here is quite poignant it is one of prioritising resources. where the police and public service have fallen by the way side is in their insistence to carry on bolstering the pension scheme on the backs of current funding. There should be a nationwide counter intelligence squad instigated and created, to be free roaming nationwide and and have powers to relinquish all types of serious crime, with very special powers of enforcement. Russell has appeared to have done nothing in this current debacle and should stand down before the general election next year. I suggest Lord David Sutch's nephew to stand for the Liberal Democrat husting ASAP.[/p][/quote]Their is its called the NCA. sam vines
  • Score: 4

12:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

super waluigi says...

What sort of an idiot goes to Colchester to defend police cuts when there has been 2 murders and as many as 10 serious individual knife crimes since March?
No wonder people dislike politicians.
What sort of an idiot goes to Colchester to defend police cuts when there has been 2 murders and as many as 10 serious individual knife crimes since March? No wonder people dislike politicians. super waluigi
  • Score: 31

12:43pm Mon 21 Jul 14

mirokou says...

You're quite right Home Secretary, its not the cuts to the Police but the ridiculous sentencing policy and guidelines implemented by your government in the 80's which has led to early releases from prison for violent criminals ,1/3 of sentences completed and no real fear from seasoned hardened criminals who quite openly now see prison as a slight hindrance to their vile lifestyle.. 3 years should mean 3 years not 8 months then out on licence , that to these people is an 8 month sentence .. You know this towns in trouble when a high ranking member of parliament comes to visit..Last one to leave turn the lights out.
You're quite right Home Secretary, its not the cuts to the Police but the ridiculous sentencing policy and guidelines implemented by your government in the 80's which has led to early releases from prison for violent criminals ,1/3 of sentences completed and no real fear from seasoned hardened criminals who quite openly now see prison as a slight hindrance to their vile lifestyle.. 3 years should mean 3 years not 8 months then out on licence , that to these people is an 8 month sentence .. You know this towns in trouble when a high ranking member of parliament comes to visit..Last one to leave turn the lights out. mirokou
  • Score: 12

5:01pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
InspectorMontalbano wrote:
The point here is quite poignant it is one of prioritising resources.
where the police and public service have fallen by the way side is in their insistence to carry on bolstering the pension scheme on the backs of current funding.
There should be a nationwide counter intelligence squad instigated and created, to be free roaming nationwide and and have powers to relinquish all types of serious crime, with very special powers of enforcement.
Russell has appeared to have done nothing in this current debacle and should stand down before the general election next year.
I suggest Lord David Sutch's nephew to stand for the Liberal Democrat husting ASAP.
Russell only has one thing on his little mind-getting reelected next May.
Raising Five fingers for Five election wins.
The only issues he really cares about are blocking Jumbo, blocking Mile End(his childhood home),and Scouts.
Its time to start the May campaign now" KICK RUSSELL OUT"(KRO)!!!
I don't care which party you vote for as long as its not the 69 year old(b/d 31.3)
Put them all in the ugly water tower Jimbo or whatever it's called and blow it up !
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InspectorMontalbano[/bold] wrote: The point here is quite poignant it is one of prioritising resources. where the police and public service have fallen by the way side is in their insistence to carry on bolstering the pension scheme on the backs of current funding. There should be a nationwide counter intelligence squad instigated and created, to be free roaming nationwide and and have powers to relinquish all types of serious crime, with very special powers of enforcement. Russell has appeared to have done nothing in this current debacle and should stand down before the general election next year. I suggest Lord David Sutch's nephew to stand for the Liberal Democrat husting ASAP.[/p][/quote]Russell only has one thing on his little mind-getting reelected next May. Raising Five fingers for Five election wins. The only issues he really cares about are blocking Jumbo, blocking Mile End(his childhood home),and Scouts. Its time to start the May campaign now" KICK RUSSELL OUT"(KRO)!!! I don't care which party you vote for as long as its not the 69 year old(b/d 31.3)[/p][/quote]Put them all in the ugly water tower Jimbo or whatever it's called and blow it up ! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 4

5:02pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Hatpeg says...

mirokou wrote:
You're quite right Home Secretary, its not the cuts to the Police but the ridiculous sentencing policy and guidelines implemented by your government in the 80's which has led to early releases from prison for violent criminals ,1/3 of sentences completed and no real fear from seasoned hardened criminals who quite openly now see prison as a slight hindrance to their vile lifestyle.. 3 years should mean 3 years not 8 months then out on licence , that to these people is an 8 month sentence .. You know this towns in trouble when a high ranking member of parliament comes to visit..Last one to leave turn the lights out.
Essex County Council have already done that.
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: You're quite right Home Secretary, its not the cuts to the Police but the ridiculous sentencing policy and guidelines implemented by your government in the 80's which has led to early releases from prison for violent criminals ,1/3 of sentences completed and no real fear from seasoned hardened criminals who quite openly now see prison as a slight hindrance to their vile lifestyle.. 3 years should mean 3 years not 8 months then out on licence , that to these people is an 8 month sentence .. You know this towns in trouble when a high ranking member of parliament comes to visit..Last one to leave turn the lights out.[/p][/quote]Essex County Council have already done that. Hatpeg
  • Score: 9

7:19pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

mirokou wrote:
You're quite right Home Secretary, its not the cuts to the Police but the ridiculous sentencing policy and guidelines implemented by your government in the 80's which has led to early releases from prison for violent criminals ,1/3 of sentences completed and no real fear from seasoned hardened criminals who quite openly now see prison as a slight hindrance to their vile lifestyle.. 3 years should mean 3 years not 8 months then out on licence , that to these people is an 8 month sentence .. You know this towns in trouble when a high ranking member of parliament comes to visit..Last one to leave turn the lights out.
Mirokou...... the lights are out! And, when we most need them.
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: You're quite right Home Secretary, its not the cuts to the Police but the ridiculous sentencing policy and guidelines implemented by your government in the 80's which has led to early releases from prison for violent criminals ,1/3 of sentences completed and no real fear from seasoned hardened criminals who quite openly now see prison as a slight hindrance to their vile lifestyle.. 3 years should mean 3 years not 8 months then out on licence , that to these people is an 8 month sentence .. You know this towns in trouble when a high ranking member of parliament comes to visit..Last one to leave turn the lights out.[/p][/quote]Mirokou...... the lights are out! And, when we most need them. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 9

7:32pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

super waluigi wrote:
What sort of an idiot goes to Colchester to defend police cuts when there has been 2 murders and as many as 10 serious individual knife crimes since March?
No wonder people dislike politicians.
Super, would you prefer she didn't visit the town? At least she has the balls to put herself in the firing line to a degree. A certain other politician has been conspicuous by his absence, since he voted against the knife crime law.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: What sort of an idiot goes to Colchester to defend police cuts when there has been 2 murders and as many as 10 serious individual knife crimes since March? No wonder people dislike politicians.[/p][/quote]Super, would you prefer she didn't visit the town? At least she has the balls to put herself in the firing line to a degree. A certain other politician has been conspicuous by his absence, since he voted against the knife crime law. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 12

7:59pm Mon 21 Jul 14

angryman!!! says...

We need more police, tougher sentences, and better precentions. Not sounds bites from politicians.
We need more police, tougher sentences, and better precentions. Not sounds bites from politicians. angryman!!!
  • Score: 5

8:51pm Mon 21 Jul 14

blockpaver says...

I would be interested to see like-for-like figures for all crimes, not just the sensational stuff, in and around the sites which have been flooded with police over the past few weeks. If it’s the same or higher then perhaps the Home Secretary has a point. If it’s lower then I would rest my case.

It’s Ok for Mrs May and her millionaire cronies to say “where’s the crime”, they want to change places with people who have to live in the real world.

Falling crime figures are a self fulfilling prophecy when you reduce police numbers. After a time victims learn that as there are no police there’s no point in reporting crime as it wont get looked into. If crimes aren’t reported “crime is falling”. What a nonsense.
I would be interested to see like-for-like figures for all crimes, not just the sensational stuff, in and around the sites which have been flooded with police over the past few weeks. If it’s the same or higher then perhaps the Home Secretary has a point. If it’s lower then I would rest my case. It’s Ok for Mrs May and her millionaire cronies to say “where’s the crime”, they want to change places with people who have to live in the real world. Falling crime figures are a self fulfilling prophecy when you reduce police numbers. After a time victims learn that as there are no police there’s no point in reporting crime as it wont get looked into. If crimes aren’t reported “crime is falling”. What a nonsense. blockpaver
  • Score: 3

11:34pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Boris says...

sam vines wrote:
So the Home Secretary can find the time to visit Colchester communicate with us and speak to those who give up time to deal with those who cant handle the night time economy. But our town's MP feels a media appearance on "About Anglia" is all that is needed.
Theresa May only came to Colchester as a bit of electioneering for Quincey in his attempt to get elected as our next MP. There he is on the left of the photo,
Why would the Tories have invited Bob along, and if they had done, why would Bob have accepted?
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: So the Home Secretary can find the time to visit Colchester communicate with us and speak to those who give up time to deal with those who cant handle the night time economy. But our town's MP feels a media appearance on "About Anglia" is all that is needed.[/p][/quote]Theresa May only came to Colchester as a bit of electioneering for Quincey in his attempt to get elected as our next MP. There he is on the left of the photo, Why would the Tories have invited Bob along, and if they had done, why would Bob have accepted? Boris
  • Score: -7

8:02am Tue 22 Jul 14

bobsguide says...

I was surprised, when driving my son to Colchester police station at 3am in the morning after he was threatened with a knife to find it closed, with a phone which linked to central control in Chelmsford. It is closed everyday between 12am and 8am.
I was surprised, when driving my son to Colchester police station at 3am in the morning after he was threatened with a knife to find it closed, with a phone which linked to central control in Chelmsford. It is closed everyday between 12am and 8am. bobsguide
  • Score: 3

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