Poll about support for violence against MPs is flawed
Headlines about majority of voters saying violence against MPs is “worth it” to get way in Brexit is based on a survey which didn’t ask this question.
Knife crime at eight-year high
Knife crime in England and Wales is at an eight-year high. Comparable data before this time is not available.
More prisoners to be released two thirds of the way through sentence than halfway
The government pledged to mandate serious criminals spending two thirds of their sentence in prison. Judges already have discretion to impose this.
Does stop and search work?
Discussion of stop and search focuses on its use as a crime deterrent. But this ignores its use as an investigatory power.
There’s no evidence that this man was attacked because he’s in the armed forces
One man has been sentenced to prison for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
What’s happening to knife crime?
No single figure can perfectly capture trends in knife crime. Here we present a range of measures.
Violent crime is not at record levels
It’s not correct that violent crime is at a record high. Several reliable sources indicate that violent crime is far lower now than it was in the 1990s.
The London Underground isn’t as dangerous as New York’s in the 1990s
Crime levels on the London Underground have risen recently, but are still below New York City’s at its worst in 1990.
Are a majority of youth knife offenders minority ethnic?
Across England and Wales in 2017, 38% of knife possession convictions among under 25s were convictions of non-white youths.
BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
Question Time on 8 November came from Dulwich, London. topics covered included whether stop and search could be used to tackle knife crime, if the country could unite around a Brexit deal, and if burning a model of Grenfell Tower should be considered a crime.