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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

MPs call for action as gun crime rises by a third in parts of Bradford

MPs call for action as gun crime rises by a third in parts of Bradford
MPs call for action as gun crime rises by a third in parts of Bradford


MPs call for action as gun crime rises by a third in parts of Bradford

MPs are demanding more funding for West Yorkshire Police to help tackle “rising” gun crime on Bradford’s streets.
Judith Cummins, Philip Davies, Naz Shah and Imran Hussain have all raised concerns about an increase in firearms offences across the district.
Mrs Cummins said the number of gun crimes committed in her Bradford South constituency has gone up by a third in the last four years, and risen in general across the city.
Speaking in the House of Commons ahead of today’s Budget, Mrs Cummins said: “There are real concerns about the availability and use of firearms in my constituency.



“Keeping people and communities safe is the police’s first duty but their ability to do this effectively is hampered by the rolling cuts to funding they’ve had to ensure.
“Public safety is not an area where we should be cutting corners.”
Shipley MP Philip Davies said: “I absolutely agree with Judith. I always support giving the police more resources. They are incredibly stretched and it is perfectly clear to anybody that sees the work first-hand that they do, that the police need more resources to fight crime.
“Protecting the public should be the priority of any government. There should be more resources for police and proper punishment when criminals go before the courts.
“There is plenty of money available by reducing the overseas aid budget.”
On firearms offences in Bradford district, Mr Davies said: “I think it is a rising issue. We are even seeing a few examples in my Shipley constituency, which is unusual and which is something we do not want to see anymore of.”



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