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

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?
20 October 2021

About 3.6% of men have recently experienced domestic abuse

It is not around 7%, as the Safeguarding Minister claimed. This is the figure for women.

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About 3.6% of men have recently experienced domestic abuse
15 October 2021

Emergency services can’t use the numbers on street lamps to find you

A social media post wrongly suggests that numbering on street lamps will let emergency services know exactly where you are.

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Emergency services can’t use the numbers on street lamps to find you
12 October 2021

No evidence New South Wales Premier resigned over bribes from Pfizer or AstraZeneca

While Australian politician Gladys Berejiklian has resigned recently it has nothing to do with vaccinations.

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No evidence New South Wales Premier resigned over bribes from Pfizer or AstraZeneca
8 October 2021

Most police have not been found guilty of sexual misconduct

This claim comes from confusion over another statistic, about the proportion of those in one force found to have committed sexual misconduct who kept their jobs.

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Most police have not been found guilty of sexual misconduct

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