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

31 May 2022

Australian grandmother did not shoot two rapists

A Facebook post claiming an Australian grandmother shot off the testicles of two men who raped her granddaughter is not true.

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Australian grandmother did not shoot two rapists
30 May 2022

The World Economic Forum does not have its own paramilitary force

An Instagram post depicting a police officer wearing a WEF badge is not proof the forum has its own force.

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The World Economic Forum does not have its own paramilitary force
6 May 2022

Man wasn’t jailed only for staring at a woman on the train

A Spectator article recently claimed that a man had been sentenced to 22 weeks in prison after “continuously staring” at a woman.

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Man wasn’t jailed only for staring at a woman on the train
8 February 2022

West Yorkshire Police is not investigating the Covid-19 vaccine programme

Numerous Facebook posts incorrectly claim the Covid-19 vaccine programme is being investigated by West Yorkshire Police.

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West Yorkshire Police is not investigating the Covid-19 vaccine programme
20 January 2022

Met Police has not launched an investigation into the Covid-19 vaccine programme

Posts on Facebook falsely claim that the Metropolitan Police is investigating the Covid-19 vaccine programme.

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Met Police has not launched an investigation into the Covid-19 vaccine programme
23 December 2021

Priti Patel’s tweet on police funding doesn’t account for inflation

A graph claiming to show a large increase in police funding fails to take into account inflation.

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Priti Patel’s tweet on police funding doesn’t account for inflation
15 December 2021

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.

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Reports Emma Tustin was hospitalised after inmates force fed her salt are not true
15 November 2021

Hunt for child who told man ‘you’re not my dad’ was false alarm

Police have called off the search—but two newspapers only updated their websites to reflect this after Full Fact contacted them.

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Hunt for child who told man ‘you’re not my dad’ was false alarm
8 November 2021

Police have not said a West Midlands teen was "murdered" with a Covid-19 vaccine

A video on Facebook wrongly claims police have “agreed” that a teenager was killed with a Covid-19 vaccine

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Police have not said a West Midlands teen was "murdered" with a Covid-19 vaccine
29 October 2021

What do we know so far about reports of ‘spiking’ with needles?

Police across the UK are investigating more than 50 reports of incidents involving some form of injection.

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What do we know so far about reports of ‘spiking’ with needles?

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