Trump Connects Rising Crime In England To 'Radical Islamic Terror'

Trump Connects Rising Crime In England To 'Radical Islamic Terror'

Trump Connects Rising Crime In England To 'Radical Islamic Terror'

However, the spike was mostly due to increasing levels of both knife and sex crimes: the figures showed a 26 per cent increase in the number of incidents involving weapons, and a 19 per cent rise in the number of sexual offences.

President Donald Trump is misrepresenting a report on British crime statistics by blaming an uptick in police-reported incidents on "Radical Islamic terror". The homicide rate, which rose 8 percent from the previous period, did not include the 35 people killed in the attacks on Manchester and London.

The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), in its quarterly update on crime statistics on Thursday, reported a 13% increase in all police-recorded offences across England and Wales. But even if those incidents are excluded, there is still an eight-percent rise in the United Kingdom murder rate - a figure that belies Trump's claim that "radical Islamic terror" is behind the increase. "In latest Twitter outburst U.S. president makes terror link even though annual crime figures record all police-recorded offences", the award-winning two-century old newspaper points out.

"The 13 percent increase in police recorded crime from the previous year reflects a range of factors including continuing improvements to crime recording and genuine increases in some crime categories, especially in those that are well-recorded", the report read.

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"The recent increases in recorded crime need to be seen in the context of the overall decline in the crime indicated by the Crime Survey of England and Wales", Flatley said. It said there were 664 murders over the year, a 2 percent fall, out of which 35 were related to the London and Manchester terror attacks, 5 percent of the total.

In Germany, intelligence officials said in October the number of potential Islamic terrorists had risen to 1,870.

Trump has repeatedly pointed to terror attacks in Europe as evidence of the risk from jihadist groups in the US. "Not good, we must keep America safe!" the USA president tweeted on Friday.

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