The police

Fact checks relating to the police, policing, funding of the police service and public perceptions of crime.

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
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
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
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
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
26 March 2021

Police confirm officers did not suffer broken bones at Bristol protest

Avon and Somerset police initially said one officer had a broken arm and another had broken ribs.

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Police confirm officers did not suffer broken bones at Bristol protest
24 March 2021

Burnt-out police car in Bristol protests was not fake

An image of a burnt-out police car taken during protests in Bristol is not ‘a prop’

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Burnt-out police car in Bristol protests was not fake
15 March 2021

The public dislikes disruptive protests—but less than the Telegraph says

People are strongly against violence or serious disruption at protests, but opinion is more balanced when the inconvenience is smaller.

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The public dislikes disruptive protests—but less than the Telegraph says
5 October 2020

Crime in London has risen less than the rest of England since 2016

Police recorded crime per person in London is up 18% since 2016. Across England it is up 31%.

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Crime in London has risen less than the rest of England since 2016

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