Thousands of violent crime suspects are on the loose as police have evidence to arrest them

Half of the country’s police forces have released figures to the Mirror, showing they have failed to arrest a total of 5,306 suspects for recent and historical crimes – some dating back 20 years.

Thursday marks one year since Valdo Calocane’s fatal stabbing in Nottingham

Thousands of suspects in violent crimes, including murder, remain at large for months or even years after police had enough evidence to arrest them, a Mirror investigation can reveal.

Half of the country’s police forces have given us figures that show they have failed to arrest a total of 5,306 suspects for recent and historic crimes, some dating back 20 years. The nationwide number will be even higher. The conservatives were accused of losing “all control over public order”.

The political parties say we need more police, including police officers. Just over 3,000 of the arrest warrants from the 24 police forces that provided us with the figures have been outstanding for more than nine months. Thursday marks the first anniversary of the fatal shootings of Valdo Calocane in Nottingham.

A warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to appear in court in 2022 for an alleged assault on a police officer. He was never arrested on the warrant and nine months later he went on a rampage through the city, killing 65-year-old Ian Coates and his friends Barnaby Webber and 19-year-old Grace O’Malley-Kumar.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper says criminals ‘get away with it’(Paul David Drabble)

This year, Calocane, 32, was sentenced to indefinite hospitalization after admitting manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility. The Interior Ministry declined to comment on individual cases, but said the handling of outstanding arrest warrants was an operational matter for police. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “After 14 years of Conservative government, criminals get away with it. Arrests have halved since 2010 and dangerous predators have been left on the streets.

“The Conservative Party has lost all grip on law and order. It is time to turn the page on the Conservatives’ criminal chaos. One of the Labor Party’s core missions is to make our streets safe again. The next Labor government will put local policing back on track and tackle detective shortages with a new accelerated recruitment programme.”

Barnaby Webber, 19, was stabbed to death alongside University of Nottingham student Grace O’Malley-Kumar, also 19, last June.(PENNSYLVANIA)
Medical student Grace was also killed by Valdo Calocane(PENNSYLVANIA)

Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael said: “The public will be outraged that thousands of suspected violent criminals are on the run while the Tories leave frontline police overworked and underfunded. Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to true community policing where officers are visible and have time to focus on preventing and solving crimes. The Conservatives did not respond to a request for comment.

The Conservatives are pledging to recruit 8,000 extra officers over the next three years, on top of the 20,000 recruited since 2019. But this came after 20,000 officers left the service between 2010 and 2019 during budget cuts under the conservatives. The Metropolitan Police, the UK’s largest force, had the largest number of arrest warrants of at least nine months.