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

16 September 2021

CCTV showing woman’s drink being spiked is a dramatisation

A video on social media which shows a woman’s drink being spiked was staged for ‘entertainment purposes’.

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CCTV showing woman’s drink being spiked is a dramatisation
12 August 2021

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.

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Higher deportation rates don’t necessarily demonstrate ‘disproportionate targeting’ of Jamaicans
29 July 2021

Tanks in Paris were almost certainly there for Bastille Day

Social media posts have misleadingly suggested tanks were deployed in Paris in response to protests.

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Tanks in Paris were almost certainly there for Bastille Day
24 June 2021

Facebook post about poppy graffiti on mosque is misleading

A Facebook post about two men who defaced a mosque with a poppy picture doesn’t say what other offences they admitted.

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Facebook post about poppy graffiti on mosque is misleading
15 June 2021

More than 30 people are allowed to protest

Under current Covid-19 regulations, more than 30 people can protest in England if it has been organised by an accepted body and risk assessments have taken place.

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More than 30 people are allowed to protest
18 May 2021

Police tweet about helicopter joy riders in Merseyside is fake

A mock tweet from Merseyside Police falsely claimed four men took an air ambulance helicopter on a joyride.

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Police tweet about helicopter joy riders in Merseyside is fake
14 May 2021

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.

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A George Floyd mural in Manchester was not chosen over a Lee Rigby memorial
5 May 2021

Claims 163 million people searched ‘how to hit a woman so no one knows’ are untrue

The researcher behind the claim has publicly stated that her research methods were flawed.

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Claims 163 million people searched ‘how to hit a woman so no one knows’ are untrue
29 April 2021

Police cars don’t need MOT registration

Some categories of vehicles, including police vehicles, don’t have to have an up-to-date MOT registration.

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Police cars don’t need MOT registration
19 April 2021

Street fight was not filmed when lockdown eased in England

A film of a brawl in a city centre street was not taken in Luton as the pubs re-opened.

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Street fight was not filmed when lockdown eased in England

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