POLICE solved 30,000 fewer crimes last year as the number of officers was slashed.
Shock figures show detection rates fell for the first time in over a decade.
Just one in four offences in England and Wales was cleared up â€” meaning 2.9MILLION went unpunished.
Cops blame swingeing budget cuts for the slump in arrests, with about 9,000 police jobs axed since the Coalition won power in 2010 and more reductions to come. Labour claimed the figures would fuel concerns about the Governmentâ€™s â€œdeeply complacentâ€ attitude to policing.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: â€œFewer crimes are being solved, fewer criminals caught and fewer victims are getting justice.â€
North Wales Police, which cut force strength in the year to April 2012 by 39 to 1,488, now solves just three in ten cases compared with four in ten before.
Home Secretary Theresa May has told chief constables to concentrate on making â€œback officeâ€ savings, which would mean MORE bobbies on the streets.
Official figures last week showed overall crime plunged eight per cent in England and Wales. The Home Office last night insisted police reforms were working and many forces were reducing crime with smaller budgets.
Jobs-axe cops solve 30,000 fewer crimes