Violent Crime up 22% as Home Office Admits Underreporting
Public trust in crime statistics has been dealt a devastating blow after ministers admitted the figures have been downplaying serious violence for up to a decade.
The Home Office admitted that as many as one in five of the worst attacks have been wrongly classified in published figures. As many as 4,000 serious assaults each year were mistakenly recorded as minor incidents — and officials conceded they “simply do not know how far back it goes.”
The tightening of the rules has seen figures for serious violent crimes rocket by 22 percent compared to last year — and confusion over the figures makes it impossible to say how much of the rise is genuine.
And I thought Britain was such a "civilized" country after giving up their guns....