Violent crime underestimated for 10 years – The Independent

Posted October 24th, 2008 in crime, news, police, statistics by sally

“Police have been under-recording the most serious violent crimes for up to a decade, the Home Office admitted, as figures revealed an apparent 22 per cent increase in incidents this year. Conservatives said the Government’s claims to have cut crime were ‘fatally undermined’ as reports of violent crimes from murders to grievous bodily harm leapt during the year to June, after officials discovered hundreds of incidents had been wrongly recorded by a string of police forces. As many as 13 forces had been recording offences of grievous bodily harm with intent in a lower category, when they should have been included in figures for the most serious offences.”

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The Independent, 24th October 2008