Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball has today defended the force.

“Every crime and incident reported to the force is investigated, either by an officer on the scene or by a crime bureau,” he said.

“Assessing the threat, risk and harm to a victim of crime is of paramount importance to us, and will always be done first.

“This is why a police officer will always be dispatched when thecrime involves sexual offences, domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour.”

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In today’s damning report, HMIC said there is a “postcode lottery” when it comes to policing in the UK.

It warned that car crime was on the verge of being decriminalised because in many places the police have “given up” trying to catch vandals and thieves.

In some cases, victims have been asked to conduct their own investigations.

But Mr Ball said, in Warwickshire: “Under no circumstances are victims of crime expected to carry out their own investigations.”