Anne Marie Waters

Friday 8th January 2021


Cleveland is the most dangerous area in England and Wales, according to a recent report.

The report reveals that serious crimes such as murder, rape, arson, and robbery are highest in the north of England, with staggering figures in the North East.  Shockingly, 1 in 10 people in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar have been victims of such crimes.

According to the Daily Mail:

Six people in the area were murdered or killed there in a spate of violent crimes between Christmas and New Year 2019 alone.

Cleveland, where arson rates are four times the national average, is followed by nearby West Yorkshire in second, South Yorkshire in third, Durham in fourth and Humberside in fifth.

Cleveland has the highest rate of serious crime in England and Wales.  Here are some further appalling figures:

Between June 2019 and June 2020, Cleveland saw 23,675 instances of violence against a person, Home Office figures revealed. 

Falling within this category were 11 homicides, 5,485 instances of violence with injury and 9,135 without, 9,040 cases of stalking and harassment and four deaths or serious injuries by unlawful driving. 

The full Home Office figures can be found here.

The implications of this are obvious, but what are the causes?  Ultimately, a lack of leadership.  On a national scale, police have been decimated under the Conservatives; the nation has lost 20,000 officers (at least) since the Tories came to power in 2010.  However, the resources that police do have are often completely wrongly prioritised.  Nationwide, police are more concerned with political correctness than with crime.  This is the first thing that must change.

Secondly, unemployment has blighted the north for generations, and our political leaders seem to want to do little about it.  What exactly have local government and MPs done to change unemployment in Hartlepool in recent years?  Why is it so high?  Because there is little emphasis on this problem.

I’ve been in contact with many people in Hartlepool struggling to find work, and I’ve also met many business owners who struggle just to stand still due to crippling business rates and taxes.  Meanwhile, unelected council chiefs take home millions of taxpayers’ money to line their own pockets.

To make matters worse, “refugees” and “asylum seekers” are now being housed in large numbers in Hartlepool while many local people have nothing.

It has to stop.  We cannot continue in the vein forever.

For Britain has clear policies to bring employment to Hartlepool and beyond, starting with lower pay for unelected chiefs and an ability to hold them to account and make them earn their wage!  For Britain will allow local people – through our Public Sector Accountability Act – to make real change in our councils and make sure our money is spent in the best interests of our people.

We also have clear policies to change policing and end the politically correct culture that takes up our officers’ time while real crimes go unpunished.

What needs to need to change is who we elect.  To respond to our many problems we need leadership that genuinely cares about our people.  That is what For Britain is offering, and will continue to offer.