Police in Birmingham have been failing to record shop lifting offences, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Birmingham Mail report:

Crime logs have revealed police were failing to record or investigate more than 60 per cent of shoplifting offences in Birmingham city centre.

And a damning Mail investigation has discovered the West Midlands force may have breached Home Office rules by under-recording huge numbers of store thefts .

Police documents show a bombshell ‘risk-crime audit’ last August discovered officers were repeatedly failing to investigate shoplifting offences in a breach of national crime-recording policy.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.