Thursday, April 27, 2006

How does he define good news?

Plod Blair, one of this blog’s favourite cartoon characters, has told the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) that his annual report is “largely a good news story”. One wonders whether he is on the same planet as the rest of us?

Here are the figures that, according to him constitute that “good news story”:

  • Total notifiable offences are down 3.1%
  • BCS comparator crime is down 0.9%

  • Residential burglary is up 1.7%
  • Robbery has increased by 16.1%
  • Motor vehicle crime has increased by 1.2%
  • Gun enabled crime has increased by 4.2%
  • Trident gun crime has increased from 201 offences to 266 offences.
  • Homicides are down from 195 to 175 (despite the fact that there
    were 13 homicides in July attributed to the terrorist attacks)
  • Road fatalities are three up on last year at 145 (April-Nov 2005 vs. April-Nov 2004)
  • Violent Crime is up by 0.4%
  • Domestic Violence has fell this year by 3.6%
  • Racist crime has fallen by 11.7%
  • Homophobic crime is down by 52 offences, or 3.9%

  • I expect most of our readers will notice something rather interesting about those figures. Here is the full story on One London.

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