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Stops And Knives

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A week or so ago, one of my e-friends from X was Twitter asked whether I had an update on my comparison of Stop/Searches against Knife Crime. I didn’t have one at that time, but it didn’t take too long to knock him up a quick rough and dirty update.

In the first of two very brief posts updating another, the update is shown below.  The only thing about it that needs commenting on is the latest two years when Stop/Searches have reduced and Knife Crime has gone up.

I shall leave it to the Spin Doctors and Think Tanks to explain it, I’m only here to present the facts.

Stops and Knives

Update 2023

The data above relates to the 43 Police Forces of England and Wales

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Stubborn or Persistent? You Decide.

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In August year I wrote a post relating to my submission of an an FOIA request to the Metropolitan Police concerning Murders and Ethnicity in London.  How many murders had there been?  How many had involved Knives etc? and how many were committed by black males on black males.

The response I received was basically this

The MPS is unable to disclose information which is being used as part of an investigation. There is a legal requirement to refrain from disclosing information which would place the integrity of an investigation or any future investigations at risk. Once the investigation or legal process is complete, some information may be deemed suitable for disclosure.

In addition, disclosure of the information requested could identify living persons captured by the scope of this request. Individuals could analyse the information (and along with local knowledge and information already disclosed) identify those concerned as part of the investigation.

 

This would hinder the prevention and detection of crime and also prejudice the MPS’s ability to fairly conduct an investigation and future investigations of this nature.

A subsequent appeal to the Met just received a confirmation of their original Refusal, which I contend, was based on a large untruth.

In response to an appeal to the Information Commissioner the Met repeated the alleged untruth and the Information Commissioner upheld their Refusal.

I had run out of road, but I’m not the type to let them fob me off like that. So…….I bided my time and submitted a new request, a slightly watered down version of the original, but no point in just submitting a duplicate.

Well, blow me down with a feather, they only went and answered this time.

The information they supplied me was nothing more than the bare minimum in answer to the below questions;

For the years 2022 and 2023 could you please tell me
a) How many murders and attempted murders were recorded?
b) How many of those involved a knife or other sharp/bladed instrument?
c) In how many of the total number were the Victim and Suspect/Accused both/all black males?  

I’m too long and far removed to be able to interpret the figures with any authority, I can’t really make valid comparisons, but I do know how to display the raw data.

Murders in LondonMurder black on black

Murders & Attempts

It’s for others to decide whether the number of offences committed by black males on black males is statistically significant, but at least we have an idea what it looks like now.

 

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The Disproportionate Use of Stop And Search (In London)

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The Disproportionate Use of Stop And Search (In London) – Now that isn’t a headline you expected to see from me I’m sure.

Don’t panic, normal service will be resumed. It’s more a question than a statement, and I hope to be able to answer it for London at least.

I have heard more than I’m really comfortable with about how Stop and Search is disproportionate. We shouldn’t stop so many BAME persons. We shouldn’t stop so many children and young persons. Poor luvvies wouldn’t hurt anybody. Wouldn’t they?

I recently found an MPS dataset that I wouldn’t normally have looked at, but it contained anonymised data of every instance where a person has been CHARGED with an offence of Murder between 2003 and January of this year.. For my non-Police reader that means that the Crown Prosecution Service (not the Met Police) have been satisfied that there is a better than 50% chance of securing a conviction against those individuals on the evidence available at the time that decision was taken.

It also means that it is based on long-term trends and not a sudden blip in the stats.

As the data is so simple that even I can understand it, I have converted it to charts to save me having to describe the facts, and I present them to you below without comment. After viewing them I’m sure that the famous man on the Clapham Omnibus will be able to form a reasonable opinion of what is happening in London and whether, or not, the Metropolitan Police should be scaling back on Stop and Search for weapons, particularly against certain groups of the population.

The Disproportionate Use of Stop And Search (In London)
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The Disproportionate Use of Stop And Search (In London)
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The Disproportionate Use of Stop And Search (In London)
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The Disproportionate Use of Stop And Search (In London)
Fig 4

Finally, whilst it doesn’t coincide totally with the data above, I had previously obtained the stats for the use of knives in the commission of offences of murder in London. Fair to say that they outnumbered EVERY other method of killing someone.

The Disproportionate Use of Stop And Search (In London)
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Ladies and gents, I leave the decision and opinions up to you. I really don’t think I can add much more.

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Some Dots Just Refuse To Join Up

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Some Dots Just Refuse To Join Up, or, to be more precise, some people within the Police Service will do anything to ensure that the dots cannot be joined up. Following on from my previous post;

For over a year I have been arguing with firstly the Met and then the Information Commissioner over the Met’s refusal to release ALL of the information I had requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

My request was this

Could you please supply me with details of ALL Attempted Murders
and Murders within the MPD for the 2019/20 Financial Year (or the
most recent 12 months if that is easier) For each offence please include Borough, Gender, Age and Ethnic
Appearance of both Victim and Suspect.

If it is possible could this info please be provided as an EXCEL
workbook or equivalent?”

Call me old-fashioned but anybody who knows CRIS will know that this is not a question that will take very long to answer once you can get onto the system.

Well it took the Met about 3 months before I got any kind of reply. Even then I did not get my reply until it had been passed by a ‘High Level Decision Maker‘ whatever one of those looks like. That’s when I knew I was in for a rough ride.

To be fair to the Met they did provide me with almost all of the data I had asked for, but they declined to link Victims with Suspects for each offence. i.e. for each offence they declined to say that a young black/white/Asian kid etc had been killed by a young black/white/Asian kid.

Their grounds for a Partial Refusal (i.e.that data linking suspect to victims) ran to 5 (yes FIVE) pages, but the essence of it can be captured here;

The MPS is unable to disclose information which is being used as part of an investigation. There is a legal requirement to refrain from disclosing information which would place the integrity of an investigation or any future investigations at risk. Once the investigation or legal process is complete, some information may be deemed suitable for disclosure.

In addition, disclosure of the information requested could identify living persons captured by the scope of this request. Individuals could analyse the information (and along with local knowledge and information already disclosed) identify those concerned as part of the investigation.


This would hinder the prevention and detection of crime and also prejudice the MPS’s ability to fairly conduct an investigation and future investigations of this nature.

The MPS has a statutory role in establishing whether any person has failed to comply with the law. It also, in reviewing police action in specific cases, performs a key role in ascertaining whether any person is responsible for any conduct which is improper.

The release of police information that is linked to a criminal investigation would be likely to adversely impact upon the ability of the MPS to obtain information in connection with current or future investigations and/or inquiries. This would occur because those involved directly or indirectly in the investigation, would not expect the MPS to make this information available under the Freedom of Information Act.

Over time, the perceived breach of trust that would result from the release of information of this nature, would be likely to adversely affect the ability of the police to obtain information in connection with future investigations/inquiries. This would be contrary to the public interest.

It hasn’t taken me very long into the New Year to re-read this response in its entirety, and the response of the Information Commissioner, and form the opinion that this is a load of old bollocks. Those of you that know me will well know that I would never wish to undermine or compromise an ongoing investigation into anything, never mind Murder.

 I genuinely don’t believe that it would. Witness Appeals etc often contain far more information than I requested, and are often accompanied by a CCTV image or artist’s impression of the suspect(s).

In a busy South London Borough does it really risk identifying any individual to describe them as male, 13-14 years of ******** ethnic appearance? Really?

Then we have the work of art that is the Information Commissioner’s response. If anything he has gone in even harder than the Met in his refusal to allow my appeal. Having taken advice from the Met, the crux of his knock-back is to rely on Section 30 (1) (a) of the FOIA which states;

Information held by a public authority is exempt information if it has at any time been held by the authority for the purposes of:
(a) any investigation which the public authority has a duty to conduct with a view to it being ascertained-
(i) whether a person should be charged with an offence” The phrase “at any time” means that information can be exempt under section 30(1) if it relates to an ongoing, closed or abandoned investigation.

Basically giving the Met a Get Out of Jail Free Card for any request that relates to recorded crimes. Interestingly they did not rely on that to withold ALL of the information, just the descriptions of Victim and Suspect. I wonder why?

In order to assist the Information Commissioner to come to his decision the Met helpfully offered up the following advice/opinion;

“The held information relates to relatively recent attempted murders between 01/04/2019 to 31/03/2020 … which are low numbers whereby the cases could still be ongoing and not closed. Full disclosure could potentially lead to the identification of either suspects, victims or even witnesses”………the release of the information requested could lead to the identification or misidentification of those persons linked to attempted murders, placing these persons at risk. The release of any information that is likely to put individuals at risk of harm and prejudice the ability of the MPS to both prevent and detect crime is unlikely to be in the public interest……………The review considers that there is a real risk to individuals particularly where suspect data has been linked to victim data. To provide a hypothetical example, if a gang member had attempted to murder an associate, the information … requested (Borough, Gender, Age and Ethnic Appearance of both Victim and Suspect) would be useful to the suspect to determine if the matter had been reported to police by the victim and this would place the victim at further risk of attack”.

So there you have it ladies and gents. The Met really don’t want those dots joined up, because to do so would put untold numbers of people at risk of physical harm. I did seriously consider going to Tribunal over what I see as a highly prejudiced response to an FOIA request, but over a year later much has happened and I no longer have the strength to devote to holding the Met to account.

I DO NOT accept their reasons for Refusal, nor do I accept the Information Commissioner’s reasoning but but if the Met don’t want the residents of London to have the full picture of what is happening on their streets there is no longer very much I can do about that, I’ll leave it in the hands of Dame Cressida and Sadiq Khan to sort out.

Some Dots Just Refuse To Join Up
Elephant in the Room

For those that haven’t seen my original post on the subject, you can find it here. It is quite clear which section of the community provides the biggest numbers of Victims AND Suspects, but the Met doesn’t want us to know the full scale of the problem

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What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?

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Sorry, What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us? is a bit misleading, it should really be entitled What Have The Tories Ever Done For Us?

I stumbled upon a report issued by the Office for National Statistics back in September that seems to have slipped under the radar and avoided comment.

It was entitled Knife Crime in England and Wales and was published on 31st September.

The report’s authors are Grahame Allen and Megan Harding. Grahame is the Senior Library Clerk at the House of Commons, and Megan is an Assistant Research Analyst, also at the House of Commons.

They have taken a look at Knife Crime in England and Wales since 2010, coincidentally the same year that Cameron’s coalition government swept majestically into power.

Firstly, what is Knife Crime? Not quite as straightforward as it sounds, Knife Enabled Crime is first and foremost an allegation of Crime, Violent and Sexual Offences, which is accompanied by the use (or threat) of a Knife, Chisel, Screwdriver or other sharp object, but NOT broken bottles

The above-referenced report states that between 2010/11 and 2020/21 Knife Crime has risen from 32,386 offences to 41,259 in 2020/21, having peaked at 48,707 in 2019/20. However there is a more recent dataset which puts the year to end of June 2020/21 level at 43,574.

Firstly we have Police Recorded Offences, previously much maligned, but now the ONS seems to be giving them some credibility..

What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?
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Looking at the above chart, it seems to me that Knife Crime was slowly reducing from 2010 when Cameron and May took over until 2014/15 when it started to climb again, possibly coinciding with the disastrous cuts to the Police Service starting to be felt on the streets.

I cannot conclusively demonstrate that that is the primary reason, but it is certainly not unreasonable to assume that it had some effect. 2014 was the year that Theresa May announced that she would be ‘reforming’ Stop and Search as “the numbers had to come down.

Between 2018 and 2020 Knife crime offences peaked at just over 48,000 per annum. A good sign that trying to persuade the Police to conduct less Stop and Search was the correct strategy.

2020/2021 saw a small reduction in Knife Crime, but then Covid had struck by then and there were a few ‘lockdowns’ keeping people off the streets, so maybe no surprise that the numbers are slightly down.

What sort of offences are being committed by people armed with knives, and how much has it changed since the Tories fell into power?

What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?
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Everything except Robbery has increased over the years. The Party of Law and Order seem to be slipping behind. Worryingly Rape and other Sexual Offences involving a knife have more than doubled. Only Robbery has reduced.

How does it look geographically? Where are the ‘hotspots’ and ‘coldspots’ and have they changed with time?

What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?
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London and its environs claims a reduction, but the really worrying trend is the fact that huge swathes of the country that were relatively untroubled 10-11 years ago, are now definitely blighted by the scourge of Knife Crime. The only county that is still relatively untouched is County Durham

I have never been a huge fan of Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) data, and I’m still not, but on this occasion the picture it presents is more or less the same shape as recorded Crime

What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?
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Data from Hospital Attendances is only slightly more forgiving, but still, at the very least does not show any kind of decline.

What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?
Fig 5

Here we are, 10/11 years later and what HAVE the Romans (Tories/Government) done for us?

Despite Theresa May calling for reforms and much reduction of Stop and Search, no valid alternative has been proposed, and it is my personal view that it is still a valid tactic, but needs to be properly (lawfully) used and efficiently managed. I actually believe that Theresa May and her, then, advisors should bear some of the responsibility for this because of their agenda.

As I have pointed out numerous times before, every single one of those dry statistics involves a weapon that has been carried (frequently concealed) through our streets and is vulnerable to being found by Stop/Search. Every weapon found and taken off the streets is potentially a life saved, a family not destroyed.

There is no excuse, with very few exceptions, for carrying any knife (let alone a Zombie knife etc) through the streets and I really don’t understand why some politicians/athletes/celebrities have a problem with Police tactics. Speaking for myself I would much rather be stopped and searched 100 times than stabbed once.

Therefore my conclusion is, that over 10-11 years the current, and preceeding, Tory/Coalition governments have done NOTHING for us in relation to curbing this epidemic of Knife Crime. I am totally fed up with Police Officers being lectured on how they should reduce their Stop/Search activities by people who actually do nothing more than talk about it and seem unwilling, or unable, to propose any viable alternatives.

If you do nothing else, give the Police and the Public some alternative options to evaluate and discuss.

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Modern Day Policing – This Dinosaur Salutes You

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I originally posted this in a private Facebook Group, but one of my real-life friends (I do have a couple) suggested that it deserved a wider audience. So, if you’re reading this for the first time you can thank Dot.

Just a quickie before the Nurse comes to sedate me again, is it just me?

More and more and more over the past 2(?) years I have seen more PCs on the news, soaked in some poor kid’s blood, whose life they have either just saved, or tried to save before the experts arrived. Never in my service did I see, or even hear about, so many fine acts of compassion and giving. Every day there are maybe 2-3 stabbings, frequently fatal, and most of them statistically involve young BAME kids (can I say Black without being witch hunted?). Frequently the first officers on scene are required to, and do, administer emergency First Aid way beyond the Triangular Bandage that I used to struggle with, or the freshly ironed handkerchief. Those magnificent officers will have to go back to the nick, go home, or whatever, quite often literally covered in someone else’s blood, explain to their families, and pacify them, and probably suffer who knows how many sleepless nights because they failed to save that life or are simply haunted by the trauma of what they have just dealt with. Later that night they will turn on the telly box and have some opinionated t**t spout on about how the whole of the Police Service is corrupt and racist and should be ‘defunded’ or the newspaper they pick up will be full of the negative stories, some of which aren’t even news, and devote maybe a column inch to the fantastic life saving that seems to go on on an almost daily basis. Apart from being totally unfair to the magnificent work being done on the streets by our successors, this does nothing more thatn severely dent the already drained morale, savaged by Theresa May, and, now she’s gone, the MSM seem intent on carrying on her ‘good’ work. Well done to all of you still serving. Seriously, you deserve it, and Thank You.

You ARE appreciated, even by the dinosaurs amongst us.

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Murders In Larndarn – Under The Microscope

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Following on from last week’s post about Murders in London, I hope that this will be the last time I feel compelled to address the subject.  I promise not to buy any more crayons for a while.  London is a big place so I thought it might be useful (and hopefuly interesting) to break the problem down to a more local level.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Borough Totals

Panic ye not, having looked at the above chart, I’m only going to aim my microscope at the top 3 Boroughs, in order, Lambeth, Newham and Southwark.  Anything more would just take too long and send my loyal reader into a deep coma.  However, if you live or work within the M25 feel free to send me a PM/DM/Carrier Pigeon and I’ll try and give you some perpsective about where you live or work.  All applications for more than one Borough must be wrapped around a bottle of fine single malt.

Lambeth

Between 2003 and end of March 2020 there were 146 offences in Lambeth that were classified as Murder.  Given the complexity (and volume) of the data, I believe it works out like this.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 1
Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 2

Shocking.  Rest your eyes on Chart 2 for a few moments.  Nearly 40% of the people charged with Murder in the Borough of Lambeth between 2003 and 2020 were in the 13 – 19 age group.  40%!  let that sink in.  That is OUR youth.  All of us.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 3

The Afro Caribbean population is the largest group in both Victims and Accuseds.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 4

65% of the persons charged with Murder in Lambeth between 2003 and end of March 2020 were of Afro Caribbean origin.  65%.  A significant majority.

Newham

Between 2003 and end of March 2020 there were also 146 offences in Lambeth that were classified as Murder.  Broken down they look like this

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 5

Chart 5 once again showing a different profile to Lambeth, the majority of the Accuseds are under 34, but covering a fair spread from 13-34.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 6

Chart 6 shows a somewhat different profile of those being charged with Murder compared with Lambeth.  13 to 19 year olds still form the largest single group (30%) , but 25 to 34 year olds are not far behind on 26%.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 7

Again, Chart 7 shows a somewhat different pattern to Lambeth, Black and White more or less evenly represented, and Asians becoming far more prominent

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 8

Chart 8 shows that almost twice as many Black people were charged with Murder than Whites, followed closely by Asians

And finally…………

Southwark

Slightly lower than the two Boroughs above at 134, not a huge difference over 17 years though.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 9

Chart 9, sadly, clearly shows that the age group with the biggest problem is 13 to 19 year old, closely followed by 25 to 34 year olds.  However I find the 0 to 12 year olds disturbing.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 10

Chart 10 closely resembles Chart 2 (Lambeth) in that the largest age group for people charged with Murder is once again 13 to 19 year olds.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 11

Chart 11 shows that once again, the Ethnicity group most affected by Murder, either as an Accused or a Victim, are the Afro Caribbeans, followed closely by the Whites, very similar yo both Lambeth and Newham.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 12

Chart 12, clearly showing that just over half of the persons charged with Murder in Southwark Borough were of Afro Caribbean origin, approx twice as many as Whites who were allegedly responsible for just over a quarter of the total offences,

What does all of this tell us?  Quite frankly it scares the crap out of me.  Our (predominantly) young men, and in some cases children, are either killing or getting killed on the streets of London.  These are not Domestic Disputes gone wrong they are Gang Related, Drug Related or even Post Code Related.  Party politics need to be cast aside and ALL parties work together to work out what can be done for Children and Young Persons in London (and elsewhere) such that can stop killing each other.

We have heard a lot in the last few months about Black Lives Matter.  Yes they do, ALL lives matter, but sadly a number of members of the Black population don’t seem to have a problem with taking Black lives.  This is WRONG, all killing is wrong obviously, but how can BLM expect society as a whole to take BLM seriously when the Black population don’t stop killing each other?  Anybody with any kind of suggestion whatsoever should pester the Mayor, the Commissioner, your Local Council, anybody who may have an interest and be able to work together with others to stop the killing.

Murders In Larndarn - Under The Microscope
Chart 13

Finally, let’s take a look at the three Boroughs most affected between 2003 and 2020. What werwe the most common methods for killing?  Chart 13 gives us the answer, far and away the most popular are Knives, or similar, followed at some distance by shooting.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Stabbing, slashing or shooting all require a weapon of some kind to be carried through the streets by somebody. Look at the charts again, and then tell me that Stop and Search is bad and should be abandoned.

If you’re still here I thank you

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Stops, Knife Crime & BLM. What Is Going On In London?

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Last night my attention was drawn to this tweet from Norman Brennan.

Are things really that dire in Londinium, and if they are, why?

I must warn you, this is going to get very numbery, and I need to try out my new crayons.  Let’s start by having a look at Stop/Search in London over the last 2 years.

Metropolitan Police Stop Searches 2019 to 2020

So there we see the beginnings of a potential problem, or is it?  There has indeed been a fall in the total number of Stop/Searches, in the order of 13,652 fewer (or 31%).  BUT, the May figure was in itself a spike and the numbers in June have more or less returned to normal.  I have no idea what, specifically, was going on in London during May, but something has caused a spike.  Possibly increased ‘Proactivity’ during a period of Lockdown?  I don’t know, maybe one of the serving officers can tell me.

There has been a lot of fuss in the media over the past few days about athletes getting stopped and the Met were accused of Racism and Racial Profiling.  How do the Stop/Searches over the past 2 years break down?

Stop Searches by Ethnic origin

Well to be fair there have been a few months when the proportion of Black people stopped and searched has gone up, for whatever reason, but for most of the two year period, when one ethnicity gets stopped nore frequently, so do the others. In the very last set of data, June 2020, there were actually1,428 fewer Black people stopped than Whites.  Once again, I cannot provide a reason for that, but that is what the stats show.  Racially prejudiced or Profiled?  I can’t see any evidence to support that accusation.

How do the figures stack up when it comes to Positive Outcomes? i.e. the number of occasions something was found as a result of the Stop and Search?  Any racial bias there?

Outcomes by Ethnic Origin

Interpret that any way you want but when one Ethnic Group rises they all rise, when one falls they all reduce.  In recent months the total number of Positive Outcomes for Black people stopped has been lower than for White people. 

What does the long term pattern over two years show us?

Knife Crime

Before I leave Stop/Search and move onto Crimes, for the sake of completeness and transparency, we may as well include age and gender (there are only 2 genders because that all is the Met provide stats for).

Knife Crime
Knife Crime

Males are far more likely to get Stopped and Searched than Females, and the 15-25 year olds are streets ahead of any other age group.  Not surprising I suppose, there isn’t much chance of having sufficient grounds to Stop and Search many 75 year old Grandmas.

Almost at the end now.  How have the Knife Crime stats looked over the last two years?

Knife Crime

The red/orange line representing the 2 year average, it is plain that Knife crime in London has slowed dramatically in 2020, way below average.  However this could be the results of CoronaVirus Lockdowns, increased numbers of Police on the streets or anything else.

Knife Crime with Injury.  A separate set of stats, how does that shape up in London?

Knife Crime

Once again, below the red/orange Average line at the moment. 

In conclusion, looking at the bald statistics and with no current, personal knowledge of what is going on, it would appear that there HAS been a large drop in Stop Search during June, but only dropping back to the current baseline figure.  Why the spike in May is currently a mystery.  Has this alleged lack of Police activity caused a massive rise in Knife enabled crimes and Injuries caused by Knives?  I don’t think that the statistics bear that out at all.  There was an increase in both types of Knife Crime in May 2020, but still significantly below the two year average.

Sorry Norman, on the basis of the Met’s published statistics I cannot agree with your Senior Officer.

Whether ANY of this has anything to do with Black Lives Matter I can’t possibly say, but at least we have the cold, dry stats to form an opinion on.

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Murder Suspects & Victims – #BlackLivesMatter

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I do love a good set of numbers.  You can prove whatever you want with numbers, but, by themselves, they don’t really lie, it’s what you do with them that forms opinion.  Believe me, opinion is truly divided on this one and I’m ready for the abuse and condemnation that will no doubt come my way, my ‘Block’ button is fully serviced and ready for action, so I give you Murder Suspects & Victims – #BlackLivesMatter

Way back in 2018 Sky News published a rather informative article on the subject, and if it didn’t take so long, I would happily do some work to update it, but as FOI responses, even in normal times, can take anything up to 18 months to come back (yes I’ve had a couple take that long) that will have to wait for a future update.

It has widely been reported for a long time that the black population are disproportionately the victims of murder on the streets of our country, London gets a really bad press for this.  What is not shouted quite so loudly is the ethnicity of Murder Suspects.  Maybe there’s no political mileage in that.  Personally I do, and always have, preferred the reality, be it good, bad or indifferent.

Sky News submitted FOI requests to every Police Force in the England, Scotland and Wales requesting some stats on their murder victims and suspects.

Apparently, back in 2018 London was 60% White, yet only 35% of Murder Victims were white and 24% of Murder Suspects.  However the figures for the country as a whole suggest that maybe London is not completely representative, and maybe that’s not actually a surprise.  In the rest of the country white folk made up 86% of the population, 89% of Murder Victims and 81% of Murder Suspects, suspects and victims being very much in line with the population as a whole.

I’m completely happy to acknowledge that Sky News is my source for the data in the following charts, however, as it was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act it is, by default, in the Public Domain.

Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter
Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter

When it comes to ages of those concerned, it really does look like London has a problem emerging (has emerged?).  18% of the population of London is under 21, but 32% of the Murder Victims (all races) were under 21 and 45% of Murder Suspects. It looks to me as though the youth of London have running rampant. Yes, I acknowlege that this data is 18 months old, but personally my impression is that the situation has not improved, but I will try and get updated info.

Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter
Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter

Unsurprisingly possibly, males accounted for 81% of the Murder Victims in London, and 94% of those accused, and yet again the largest group was Black Males.

Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter

Other figures for areas of the UK possibly more closely represent the population as a whole.  In the rest of the UK Males comprised 49% of the population, 69% of the victims and 92% of those accused.

Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter
Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter
Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter
Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter
Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter

So there we have it, or at least how it was in 2018.  I’ll do my very best to obtain up to date and current info, and publish a new post to update this one.  The activists are quite right, Black Lives do Matter, I believe it’s unpopular to say it but All Lives Matter, but London seems to be completely out of step with the rest of the country.  I fully accept that Black Lives Matter everywhere, but it seems to be an inescapable fact that in London Black Lives are mainly being taken by Black People.  Is it racist to say that?  I don’t think so. It’s my interpretation of the figures.  I will make it a priority to obtain up to date info for London at least, the rest of the country seems pretty well balanced.  Not only do I not think it’s racist to  point it out, I also think that ALL agencies on both all sides of the argument need to sit down and thrash this out once and for all, and that includes the Mayor of London, whoever he is.  This CANNOT be simply nothing more than a tool to bash the Police and other agencies with.  Young Black Males are dying, killed, mainly, by young black men (or at least that’s what the figures say to me) but no doubt there is an Academic somewhere out there who will point out where I have gone wrong.  I have said it many times before, I don’t care what colour the victims or suspects are the killing SIMPLY HAS TO STOP.  No more dancing around trying to score points. STOP THE KILLING.

Finally, thank you to my good friend @obbsie for the following two montages of some of the murder victims in London over the last few years.  he did send me a third one representing last year but as it contains names and other personal details I have elected not to use that one.

Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter
Murder Suspects & Victims - #BlackLivesMatter
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Are Theresa May’s Policies The Real Reason Behind Our Children Being Killed By Knives?

Reading Time: 3 minutesYes……….in a word.

Why do I say that so positively?

This won’t take long, but here is why I think that.

After their election victory in 2010 David Camoron appointed Theresa May as Home Secretary and she in turn engaged Tom Winsor to write an ‘Independent’ review on Policing, which came remarkably close to mirroring one of David Camoron’s speech from 2006.

Tom, as we know, later went on to become Head Fred at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, despite never having served in the Police Service at any rank. I wonder what Her Majesty made of that. Even later he became Sir Tom, for reasons that elude me.

Whilst the Police Service was still reeling from the recommendations of Winsor’s ‘Independent’ Reviews they were hit by two sledgehammers from Theresa May.

1. Police budgets will be cut due to #Austerity (yeah, right) which, to date, has resulted in the loss of approx 21,000 warranted Police Officers with a lower number of PCSOs and Police Support Staff, and the closing of approx 650 Police Stations.

2. In her 2014 speech to the Police Federation Theresa May issued an edict that Stop and Search must be curtailed, or there would be ‘consequences’, because certain members of the population were unhappy about it.

Please note the two charts below. I will deliberately NOT claim that there is any correlation between the datasets, I merely present the facts. After the lashing I got from Dr Ben this week I must bow to his undeniable superior intelligence so I will leave it to him and the other Academics to explain them.

Theresa May

Fig 1

Figure 1 shows the total number of Stop/Searches conducted in England and Wales against the total number of Knife-Related Murders.

Theresa MayFig 2

Figure 2 shows the total number of Police Officers in England and Wales against the total number of Knife-Related Murders.

Three FACTS are apparent from these two diagrams. Two of the FACTS are directly related to Theresa May’s policies.

  1. Stop and Search has REDUCED
  1. Police numbers have REDUCED
  1. Knife-Related Murders have INCREASED.

With facts like these staring them in the face, the College of Policing, UK Home Office and anybody else who can actually achieve anything should get off their arses, stop having nice chatty meetings and actually commission some proper research to

a) Establish if there is any correlation between all three of the FACTS

b) Identify, and put into action, a proactive, multi-agency plan to put an end to the carnage on our streets. We have had too many young people slaughtered already, we don’t need any more. I will say it again, I don’t give a stuff what colour or ethnicity these young people are, the killing simply has to stop.

In conclusion, do I think that the Tory and Coalition governments have blood on their hands? Yes I do, and Theresa May was the worst offender. I really don’t know how her, and all the politicians and Police Chiefs who sat by and said nothing can sleep at night.

In my opinion Theresa May’s policies have been directly responsible for many young lives being lost on our streets.

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