Violent crime

fact checks related to violent crime, including knife crime, gang crime and hate crime

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
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
25 March 2021

Police have recommended the Hollie Guard app

The personal security app allows users to alert contacts if they feel unsafe.

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Police have recommended the Hollie Guard app
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
24 July 2020

Many children have been the victims of grooming gangs, but there’s no evidence for a figure of one million

And we can’t objectively compare the public response with Black Lives Matter

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Many children have been the victims of grooming gangs, but there’s no evidence for a figure of one million
2 July 2020

We know of one successful conviction of a police officer for the killing of someone in police custody since 1971

Also two police forces and one officer have been prosecuted successfully for crimes related to the death of someone in custody since 1971.

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We know of one successful conviction of a police officer for the killing of someone in police custody since 1971
28 October 2019

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.

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Poll about support for violence against MPs is flawed
22 October 2019

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.

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Knife crime at eight-year high
9 October 2019

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.

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More prisoners to be released two thirds of the way through sentence than halfway
5 September 2019

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.

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Does stop and search work?

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