Crimes against religious leaders are creeping upwards

Magistrates Court sign-2Attacks on religion leaders have increased slowly but steadily in the past 4 year.

In 2015 the Metropolitan Police recorded 44 crimes against people whose occupation was listed as vicar or priest.  The Met points out that priest is used to cover religious figures of all faiths as there is no separate listing in its system for imam or rabbi.

The figures disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information request show that in 2012 the number of crimes against clergy was less than half that of last year.

Of the 44 crimes in 2015, 38 were offences categorized as violence against the person. There were 24 cased of harassment – the most common offence – and 14 cases of assault, 2 of them causing grievous bodily harm.

The data shows that these offences of violence have increased over 4 years while other categories, including robbery or sexual offence have remained stable.

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Met reveals details of thousands of offenders on the run

dreamstimesmall_3584076-2Thousands of wanted offenders are on the run from the Metropolitan Police. The list includes 11 wanted for murder or attempted murder, 6 for rape, 93 for serious sexual offences and hundreds for assault including causing grievous bodily harm.

The total wanted list at the end of June had 4,607 offenders. More than 1,000 people on the list are wanted for theft. It also includes 434 suspected burglars, 469 alleged fraudsters, more than 750 people wanted for assault and 132 for possessing or supplying drugs.

In addition, there are warrants out for 4,965 who have been previously charged and failed to show up at court.

The police released the figures in response to a Freedom on Information request. They also revealed the numbers for the previous 2 years.

At the end of 2013 there were 4,225 people wanted for offences who had not been arrested and 4,239 warrants had been issued for those who had failed to turn up in court after being charged. At the end of 2014 the numbers had risen to 4,717 and 5,101 respectively.

The police say that a number of suspected criminals on the wanted list may have left the country. They also point out that the numbers include warrants issued for other prosecuting agencies such as the Department for Work and Pensions and local authorities.

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Crime Report: Hammersmith and Fulham

The crime rate in Hammersmith and Fulham is 37% above the London average. Rates are higher in all major categories apart from burglary.

The Metropolitan Police recorded 20,200 crimes in the 12 months to the end of March 2015, which means a rate of 111 crimes per 1000 people. The London average is 81.

Crime report Hammersmith and Fulham

Drug offences were 85% above the London average. Theft, assault and sexual offences were also much higher. Sexual offences included 125 rapes, 18% above city levels.

Theft from motor vehicles was particularly prevalent, 75% above the London average, and there were 748 cycle thefts, which is 106% above the average.

Hammersmith and Fulham recorded 2 murders during the 12 months.

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Crime Report: Barking and Dagenham

The crime rate in Barking and Dagenham is generally in line with the average London level but the borough has a higher level of serious offences.

There were 154 rapes in the borough in the year to the end of March 2015. That’s 30% above the London average. There were 607 assaults causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and 1,350 assaults causing injury, pushing both these offences well above the city-wide average.

Crime report Barking and D

While crimes against people are above average in the borough property crimes such as theft and robbery are below.

With a total of 16,000 crimes committed over the 12 months to March 2015 Barking and Dagenham recorded 80 crimes per 1000 people. The average for London is 81.

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Police say violent crime is up, but it may be the way it’s recorded

police hi viz jacketsViolent assault in London jumped by a fifth in the past year, according to data from the Metropolitan Police. There were nearly 70,000 recorded assaults causing injury, or in the more serious cases, grievous bodily harm in the year to March.

Harassment and common assault, which covers the threat of being hurt, were up by 38%. And sexual offences rose by a third to 15,000.

The overall crime rate in London has remained static at 700,000 offences.  While crimes against people went up there was better news for crimes against property with theft down 7%, burglary down 14% and a 22% fall in robbery.

Crime chart March 2015

But the rising figures that give a frightening picture of life on the streets of London may be a product of the way crime is being recorded by the police.

The Met, along with other police services, was criticised last year by HM Inspector of Constabulary for under-recording many serious offences.  As a result, recording procedures have  improved.  In evidence to the Greater London Authority Police and Crime Committee last autumn the Met said that the number of reports of violent incidents recorded as crimes has risen from 40% in 2012 to 75%.  Assistant Commissioner Helen Knight also said that a third of assault cases were the result of domestic abuse, which is now much better recorded.

Figures from the London Ambulance Service, reported by Urbs, give a different picture of violent crime.  Its records show that crews attended 20% fewer incidents that they believed to be assaults in the last year. The difference in levels may indicate that they attend only the more serious incidents.

Crime Assault comparison

Many experts are sceptical of the ability of police recording to accurately reflect true levels of crime and prefer to use the Crime Survey of England and Wales, which interviews 50,000 people about their experience. It finds that violent crime is on a downward trend.

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