Hunted Cop's Withering Take On Police Resources

29 November 2018, 09:45 | Updated: 29 November 2018, 13:18

The expert detective in Channel 4's Hunted told Nick Ferrari that there simply aren't enough police officers to investigate all crimes.

It was revealed today that Britain's biggest police force is dismissing around a third of all crime reports after just one telephone call with the victim.

Burglaries, low-level assaults, criminal damage, theft and affray are all on a list of crimes that can be dismissed without being investigated under a policy introduced secretly by the Metropolitan police last year, according to The Times.

Peter Bleksley, who was a police officer with the Met before chasing down fugitives on the Channel 4 show, said the force is suffering from a lack of resources.

Speaking on LBC, he said: "Welcome to the harsh realities of policing in the 21st century, I'm afraid. It's shocking.

"But of course, the police have been screening various crimes out for a number of years. Now, with less officers than they've had for a long, long time, there just simply isn't enough cops to deal with the workload."

Peter Bleksley was very critical of the resources police are now given
Peter Bleksley was very critical of the resources police are now given. Picture: LBC / Rex

Nick pointed out there seem to be enough officers during the Notting Hill Carnival and a minor altercation on the road, but Mr Bleksley explained: "They are the matters that the police prioritise.

"Responding to 999 calls will always remain a priority I sincerely hope for all of us. My days of policing when every crime was investigated and every victim of crime got a visit from a police officer are a thing of the dim and distant past.

"That's really, really worrying because when they say they won't take it further if there's no CCTV or there's no likelihood of any forensics, many crimes got solved simply because we were able to walk up and down the street doing house-to-house enquiries.

"RIP that kind of policing."

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

'T-levels, not Tory Leader': Nadhim Zahawi explains TL lapel badge

Nadhim Zahawi has called on Sir Keir Starmer to apologise

'Boris said sorry, Keir should too': Zahawi blasts Labour leader over partygate

No10 has apologised to Buckingham Palace

No10 says sorry to the Queen after lockdown-breaking party night before Philip's funeral

Tesco Chairman John Allan CBE

LBC Exclusive: Tesco Chairman says stores 'coping well' after Brexit

An eco-activist has vowed that her jail time has only increased her determination

'Whatever it takes': Freed eco activist vows to carry on protests after leaving jail

The Security Minister was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Minister refuses to admit if taxpayers are funding Duke of York's security

The minister backed Boris Johnson as the country's leader.

'Boris is the best leader for Britain': Minister backs PM amid Tory calls for him to go

The former Tory MP was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Boris Johnson is 'poisoning the brand of the Conservative Party', Portillo says

Two Cambridge professors have become embroiled in a row over the use of a the word 'eloquent'

Cambridge dons woke war of words: Professor defends calling black presenter 'eloquent'

Paul Mayhew-Archer MBE paid tribute to Mr Waldhorn.

'He had a brilliant gift': Vicar of Dibley writer pays tribute to star Gary Waldhorn

The roll out of new smart motorways will be halted until a full five years’ worth of safety data becomes available

'Death trap' smart motorways rollout halted in win for Nick Ferrari campaign

Russia 'emboldened' by Trump, Brexit and Afghanistan evacuation, says former GCHQ boss

Russia 'emboldened' by Trump, Brexit and Afghanistan evacuation, says ex-GCHQ boss

The Labour MP was speaking to LBC's Nick FerrRI

Ed Miliband: Boris Johnson needs to justify No 10 parties, he can't hide behind inquiry

Nick Ferrari challenged the health minister on the No10 party.

'It seems he's so bent he can't lie straight in bed': Nick Ferrari savages PM over parties

The Lib Dem leader was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Boris Johnson 'lied to the public and Parliament' over No 10 parties, Ed Davey says

Michael Gove told LBC that he did not know how many buildings were affected by the crisis.

Michael Gove admits not knowing how many buildings are affected by the cladding crisis