Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to blame a recent spike in UK crime on the “spread of Islamic terror” - despite the Office for National Statistics (ONS) making it clear last year’s increase in crime was not related to terrorist incidents.
Early this morning US time, Trump tweeted:
Just out report: "United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror." Not good, we must keep America safe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2017
The ONS figures, released yesterday, showed a 13 per cent annual increase in crime across England and Wales. 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.
The ONS has said the 19 per cent rise in violent crime is due to a “range of factors”, including to changes in the way the police record such incidents, as well as genuine increases.
However, it also said the 35 victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks have been excluded from the official homicide count (which, admittedly, has risen eight per cent).
Meanwhile, in the US, some 17,250 people, or 0.005 per cent of the population, were murdered last year, according to data from the FBI, compared with 697 in the UK, or 0.001 per cent of the population.