Boston MP hails fall in crime figures

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Boston’s MP has hailed Lincolnshire Police’s ‘significant achievement’ in helping to cut crime leves across the county.

Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds spoke out after figures from the Office for National Statistics last week showed a 15 per cent drop in crime in Lincolnshire.

Mr Simmonds said: “Officers in Lincolnshire have clearly risen to the challenge in the fight against crime. Local people in Boston and Skegness can be proud of the hard work that the police do to keep our communities safe.

“Police reform is working and crime is falling. The Government has slashed red tape and scrapped targets so that the police can concentrate on fighting crime.

“Crime is down partly thanks to police reform, but it’s also thanks to thousands of police officers and their chief constables who are proving you can cut crime even as you cut spending.”

Nationwide crime figures showed a 10 per cent drop.

Mr Simmonds added: “I hope that communities in Boston and Skegness will be encouraged by these figures. There is still work to be done but progress is clearly being made.”

Last week we reported how police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick was pleased with the figures but issued another call for fairer funding for the force.