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Crime Increase In Britain

Here it is in a nutshell: Britain passed laws taking away ordinary citizen’s rights to own guns, so what happens? Gun-related crimes increase 6%, that’s what happens. What does the British government do to correct that? Well, the Liberal government in Britain is poised to pass a law allowing pubs to stay open 24 hours a day so everyone can stay drunk and hopefully not notice they’re being robbed or killed. This takes stupidity to a new level ...

Violent Offences Top Million Mark
LONDON (BBC)

Violent offences in England and Wales reached record levels in 2004-5 with police recording one million crimes - up 7% from the previous year. Police figures show 1,035,046 violent incidents against the person, excluding sexual offences and robberies.

Total recorded crime fell 6% to 5.6m incidents, but gun crime was up 6%. Minister Hazel Blears stressed overall crime fell, saying the apparent rise in violent crime merely reflected better reporting and recording of offences.

Ms Blears, a Home Office minister, also told the BBC that the separate British Crime Survey, which interviews people to ask if they have been crime victims, showed a decrease in violent crime.

But shadow home secretary David Davis said the police figures were “further evidence that the government continues to fail on violent crime”. “With violent crime continuing to spiral out of control, it beggars belief that the government’s only response is to unleash 24-hour drinking on our town and city centres,” he added in a reference to proposed drink law changes.

There was no great demand for extended drinking times, he told the BBC. “I see no reason to go ahead with 24 drinking until we’ve actually piloted, tested out some of the methods the government is proposing.” For the Lib Dems, Mark Oaten said violent crime was “directly linked” to drink.

“Our concern is that extending opening times for up to 24 hours will make the problems of alcohol-related crime worse, not better,” he said. Ms Blears said the government had already promised to keep 24-hour licensing under review when it is introduced in November. She rejected the call by Mr Davis to pilot the liberalisation in selected areas arguing people from outside would flood in to take advantage of longer drinking hours.

The police figures show there was a 20% fall in burglary and a 17% drop in car thefts. There were just under 11,000 gun crimes, up 6%, and 73 people were killed with guns over a 12 month period - five more than the previous year. Sexual offences rose by 17% to 61,000 but this was said to be partly down to reforms of sex crime laws and efforts by police and politicians to encourage more victims to come forward.

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