Police hit back over claims of media blackout on crime

Police chief denies that 99% of crimes have been held back from the public

A police chief has defended his force's record of releasing less than one per cent of crimes to the media.

Jim Campbell, deputy chief constable of Northumbria, hit back after allegations that his force was holding a huge amount of crimes back from the public were raised in Parliament.

The force, which is facing cuts of £34 million and the loss of 500 jobs, will this year spend more than £1.7 million a year on corporate communications.

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