Get the facts on crime
Crime is difficult to measure and that makes it easy to be alarmed by newspaper reports that might not tell the whole story. We look behind the headline figures and put them in context
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Fact checks related to violent crime, including knife crime, gang crime and hate crime
Reports Emma Tustin was hospitalised after inmates force fed her salt are not true
A Facebook post falsely claims Emma Tustin, who killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, has been hospitalised after being forced to eat 79 packets of salt.
Higher deportation rates don’t necessarily demonstrate ‘disproportionate targeting’ of Jamaicans
The data is not entirely reliable, and there may be multiple reasons why deportation rates vary, including whether deportation would affect someone’s human rights.
A George Floyd mural in Manchester was not chosen over a Lee Rigby memorial
A Facebook post falsely claims that Manchester councillors approved a George Floyd mural over one of Lee Rigby.
Crime fact checks
Outcome of Charles Bronson’s parole hearing has not yet been announced
Multiple Facebook posts have claimed Charles Bronson’s parole bid has been successful and that he is due to be released from prison.
Rishi Sunak’s New Year speech fact checked
We’ve looked at some of the claims made by the PM in his first speech of 2023.