Donald Trump Links Rise in UK Crime To ‘Radical Islamic Terror’ And People Are Angry About It
Donald Trump has been accused of fueling hate crime with a tweet erroneously linking a rise in the UK crime rate to "radical Islamic terror".

Donald Trump has blamed a rise in crime in the UK on “radical Islamic terror”, despite there being no evidence to support the claim.

In an early morning tweet, the President said: “Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid the spread of Radical Islamic terror.’ Not good, we must keep America safe!”

The figures come from the UK’s Office for National Statistics, which released new data on Wednesday showing the number of crimes recorded annually in England and Wales had passed five million for the first time in a decade.

The report revealed a 13 percent rise in recorded crimes, with a surge in knife crime, which had risen 26 percent year-on-year, and a 19 percent increase in sexual offences.

The report said, “of the 664 homicides recorded in the year ending June 2017, there were 35 relating to the London and Manchester terror attacks.”

The figure means five percent of all murders were due to terrorist attacks.

Reality Check

Donald Trump is half right.

Crime has gone up by 13% – but not in the UK. The increase announced yesterday covered England and Wales whereas Scotland and Northern Ireland publish their data separately.

But overlooking that mistake, what about the phrase that appears to connect the increase in the “spread of radical Islamic terror”?

The number of cases of murder and attempted murder linked to Islamist-related extremism, has indeed gone up substantially.

Of the 664 homicides recorded in the year ending June 2017, 34 resulted from the Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena and London Bridge attacks – there were no such deaths last year.

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The attacks also accounted for the majority of the 426 additional attempted murders registered by the police.

Arrests for terror-related offences went up as well, from 226 to 379, across England, Wales and Scotland, though that number also includes people detained for far-right extremism.

But in terms of overall offending, this increase in terror-related crime represents a fraction, when you consider that there were an extra 579,553 offences recorded by police compared with the year before.

A fierce backlash

However, the tweet sparked a fierce backlash in the UK and was widely condemned on social media.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper, chair of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, said Mr Trump’s comments could fuel hate crime.

She said: “Hate crime in the UK has gone up by almost 30% and rubbish like this tweet from Donald Trump is designed to provoke even more of it.

“If we are to properly tackle hate crime and every other crime, we have to challenge this kind of nonsense.”

Conservative backbencher Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, called the US president a “daft twerp” who needed to “fix gun control”.

Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson also responded to the president’s tweet, accusing him of “misleading and spreading fear”.

In September, the US president was criticised for a tweet claiming that the “sick and demented people” behind the partially-exploded bomb at a London Tube station were “in the sights of Scotland Yard”.

The Metropolitan Police described his tweet as “unhelpful”.

He had earlier lashed out at Sadiq Khan, tweeting that the London mayor had offered a “pathetic excuse” to Londoners after the London Bridge terror attack by telling people not to be alarmed.

The Office for National Statistics said it would not comment on Mr Trump’s tweet, but added that the survey relates to all crimes in England and Wales between 2016 and 2017.

HT Independent BBC

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