Friday, 3 May 2013

Spot The Connection

Spot the connections ..... the five most *peaceful areas of the UK (as determined by Institute for Economics and Peace) are:
  1. Broadland, in Norfolk
  2. Three Rivers, in Hertfordshire
  3. South Cambridgeshire
  4. East Dorset
  5. Maldon, in Essex

Broadland with a population of about 125,000 people, had just 8 violent crimes recorded for 2012, and the whole top five areas had recorded a combined total of just 24 homicides over the last decade. In the same report, the five worst areas under the same classification were (in no particular order):
  1. Lewisham, 
  2. Lambeth, 
  3. Hackney, 
  4. Newham, 
  5. Tower Hamlets

All these are boroughs in London (as are the next 5 boroughs on the list). Lewisham for example, had 11 murder, manslaughter and infanticides recorded in 2011 alone, and has a homicide rate of 2.5 per 100,000 (for 2012), which is two-and-a-half times the national average. The obvious factor is 'race' where the top 5 are 95% white areas, while the bottom 5 are less than 60% so.

Surprisingly, the slewing of London's position by its ethnic issues (only 49% of Londoners are White British anymore), its still doing better for homicide rates than in New York, Amsterdam, Brussels and Prague, who all have higher rates (although not necessarily in absolute numbers).

And even more surprisingly (or not, depending on your outlook) .... London is not the most violent 'Urban Area' in the UK either ... Glasgow, takes that honour with a murder rate of double the national average. Just for the record:
  1.  Cardiff,
  2. Sheffield, 
  3. Nottingham
  4. Leeds

Are listed as the most peaceful urban areas ....

Oh, and one other thing, while the homicide rate in the UK is now about on par with the current Western European averages ..... the fall in UK rates of violence has only taken it from being the most violent society in Western Europe, to, still being the most violent crime country in Europe, with violence rates significantly higher than the European average ..... no surprise there then.

And just to support my point .... the BBC were running this story when the peaceful areas was posted in the news.

Three convicted of Murder: Obi Nwokeh, 19, Christopher Omoregie, 18, and Samsom Odegbune, 18, and Five convicted of Manslaughter: Adonis Akra, 18, Samuel Roberts, 19, Femi Oderinwale, 18, Victoria Osoteku, 19, Junior Bayode, 19 ... yes that includes a girl.

The victim 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden was black, and all the 'gang killers' are from the same ethnic group ....... I don't think anyone except the PC blind, can't see what's happened to the country.

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*Peaceful is defined as the least risk of actual, or fear of actual violence per head of population.

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