“The Government is lying to the public”, he adds.
“Extra” officers on the streets were actually officers putting in 16-hour shifts or working on “rare leave days”.
Former Met Police chief Peter Kirkham has accused the government of “lying” about the number of armed officers on the streets, during an interview in the wake of the London terror attack.
“The Met is in crisis”
“We haven’t got enough cops to actually put people on the street, that’s the main problem really, the streets have been lost. And I would put it as strongly as that,” he said.
Statistics published by the Metropolitan Police show that:
- gun crime increased by more than two fifths (42 per cent) year-on-year with 2,544 offences recorded in 2016/17;
- knife crime jumped by almost a quarter (24 per cent), with more than 4,000 offences involving blades resulting in an injury;
- the total number of offences recorded by the force rose by nearly 4.6 per cent from 740,933 to 774,737;
- violence against the person crimes were up by 4.7 per cent while there were also increases in robberies (12 per cent), sex offences (9 per cent) and theft (7 per cent);
Theresa May was Home Secretary under Cameron and Osborne when she made drastic cuts to front line emergency services.