Johnson: Coalition putting this progress at risk

Shadow home secretary Alan Johnson comments on the crime statistics:

“These figures again demonstrate how impressively the police and other agencies tackled crime under the Labour government.

“But rather than congratulating everyone who has worked so hard to make our country safer, we now have the bizarre spectacle of Tory ministers trashing the official figures which show undeniably that crime has fallen.

“These statistics are from a period of recession, refuting Ken Clarke’s argument that falls in crime were solely down to greater prosperity.

“The coalition is putting all this good work at risk by reducing police numbers, restricting police powers, removing Police Authorities and reducing prison places.”