Earlier this year new reports showed that violent crime in Merseyside has increased, between January and December 2017 there was a 16.4% increase which is a total of 4,430 more crimes reported to Merseyside police. There has also been a surge in victims asking for police help in relation to sex attacks, and worryingly sex offence reports grew by 26.4% which is just higher than the national average.
Violent crime covers a wide range of offences from minor assaults (such as pushing and shoving), harassment and abuse (that result in no physical harm), through to wounding and homicide. Sentencing for violent crime is not so straight-forward, for example assault is divided into six different areas. The most serious is causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent/wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, which can carry a maximum sentence of 16 years. Then there is inflicting grievous bodily harm/unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which can lead to a maximum of seven years behind bars. The third offence is assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH), which carries a maximum term of seven years.
Finally, the least serious is common assault. Assault while resisting arrest can result in a fine or a jail sentence of up to two years. Assaulting a police officer can also lead to a fine or a jail sentence of up to 26 weeks.
Just in December 2017,164 violent crimes were reported in the city centre, 103 in Edge Hill and close behind was the Walton area with 94.
The March 2017 Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that 1.7% of adults aged 16 and over were a victim of violent crime in the previous 12 months, equating to 1.2 million incidents of violence.
This comes after news that there has been a slash of £82 million a year from its 2011-12 budget, Merseyside Police will have to find another £6.4m of savings over the next financial year and a total of £18m by 2020-21.