Friday, November 11, 2005

Religiously Aggravated Crime Shock Horror

From the BBC :

Among the religiously-aggravated offences, the victim's actual or perceived religion was Muslim in 23 out of 34 cases.

It was Jewish in five cases, Christian in four, Hindu in two and Mormon in one. In four cases the religion was unknown.

Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain said the CPS figures were "obviously very troubling".

34 cases out of ten million crimes a year (BCS figures, 2 million reported to police) seems rather a small number to me. It must be the ratio of Muslim victims that's troubling the good knight.

Well, the balance of these figures should certainly change for the better (from his perspective) when the 760-odd victims of July 7th are added.

PS - I notice that the conviction rate for all race offences was 84%. It just goes to show what the government, police and courts can do when they actually take a crime seriously.

UPDATE - the Scots are worried about racist attacks - and with good cause.

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