Concern as blackmail circumstances in Bolton hit file ranges

A file variety of blackmail offences had been reported to police in Bolton final yr.

Studies of blackmail totalled 24 in Bolton in 2021, up from 21 the earlier yr and greater than doubling over a five-year interval, Residence Workplace figures present.

The crime has been growing in frequency since 2014-15 within the borough and is now being reported at its highest fee since data started in 2011-12.

Bolton South East MP Yasmine Qureshi stated: “It’s actually regarding to see the situations of blackmail enhance over the previous few years, doubling in latest instances.

“I noticed first-hand throughout my time as a barrister how criminals exploit weak individuals and we want an actual technique to deal with this, but additionally different crimes.”

That is following a nationwide pattern, in addition to falling according to that of the Better Manchester area.

The figures present that Better Manchester Police recorded 1,242 blackmail offences within the yr to March – up from 766 in 2020-21, the most since comparable data started.

Throughout England and Wales, 22,000 such offences had been recorded in 2021-22 which is greater than double the quantity earlier than the coronavirus pandemic in 2019-20, and likewise a file.

Separate figures present that of the 1,201 blackmail circumstances that had been concluded in Better Manchester, 49 per cent resulted in no suspect being recognized, 49 per cent had been deserted as a consequence of evidential difficulties and simply 1 per cent ended with a cost or summons.

Sufferer Assist stated the rise might mirror extra crimes or victims feeling extra empowered to return ahead however warned many nonetheless select to not as they really feel embarrassed.

A Residence Workplace spokesperson stated: “We’re supporting police by funding crime prevention measures, together with equipping police with higher know-how to assist catch extra criminals.

“We’re working with companions throughout the prison justice system to extend the variety of circumstances being charged and prosecuted.”

They added stated: “We’re supporting police by funding crime prevention measures, together with equipping police with higher know-how to assist catch extra criminals.

“We’re working with companions throughout the prison justice system to extend the variety of circumstances being charged and prosecuted.”



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