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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.