“Outrage as Donald Trump blames ‘Radical Islamic terror’ for 13% jump in crime in England and Wales,” by Kate Ferguson and Richard Spillett, Mailonline, October 20, 2017 (thanks to Inexion):
Donald Trump was today accused of peddling ‘fake news’ and stirring up hate after he wrongly linked the rise in crime in England and Wales to ‘Radical Islamic terror’.
The US president sent a tweet referring to figures out yesterday showing crime increased by 13 percent last year and warning ‘We must keep American safe’.
But British MPs tore into Mr Trump for talking ‘nonsense’ and said he is ‘spreading fear and xenophobia’ by wrongly blaming the rise on terrorism.
Others accused him of peddling ‘fake news’ and pointed out terrorism accounts for a ‘tiny’ proportion of crime in Britain and the rise is down to increases in offences such as stalking.
Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Lib Dems, accused Mr Trump of being ‘misleading and spreading fear’ while Labour MP Stephen Doughty said he is ‘talking nonsense’.
Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: ‘Just out report: “United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.” Not good, we must keep America safe!’
Home Office data released last month showed the number of people detained over suspected terrorism increased to 379 – the highest since records began.
But murders and attempted murders due to terrorism represent a tiny amount of the overall 5.2million crimes committed in Britain last year.
The bulk of crimes in Britain are frauds, thefts and public order offences which have no link to extremism.
Mr Doughty, who sits on the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Mail Online: ‘Donald Trump is talking nonsense about issues he doesn’t understand.’
He added: ‘Yet again it is not helpful for the President of the United States to comment with ignorance on security and policing matters in the UK.
‘While we have had some very tragic and horrific terror attacks in the last year, this represents a very small proportion of overall UK crime.
‘Donald Trump would be better paced looking at issues in his own country such as the huge number of deaths from gun violence which despite repeated atrocities from sandy hook to Las Vegas, the US government have failed to take action on.’…
Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer
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