Trump Blames 'Radical Islam' For Uptick In Crime In Britain

Ivan Schwartz
October 21, 2017

While the increase has mostly been attributed to the jump in sex and knife crimes, Trump may have focused his comment on the "substantial increase" of attempted murders, which rose about 59 percent in the a year ago.

President Trump early Friday tweeted about rising crime rates in the United Kingdom "amid the spread of Radical Islamic terror", following a report by the U.K.'s Office for National Statistics (ONS) that crime in England and Wales rose 13 percent over the previous year.

The report did not say that the rise was down to religiously motivated crime or terror attacks.

President Trump blamed an increase in crime on "radical Islamic terror" in the United Kingdom, though the number of homicides actually went down.

Trump's erroneous claim led Nicholas Soames, a member of parliament and the grandson of Winston Churchill, to call blast the President, calling him a "daft twerp".

The report into recorded crime released by the Office for National Statistics yesterday mentioned how terrorism has increased the stats relating to some crime.

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Trump has previously used terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe as justification for his push to restrict travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. The other is the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which gave an estimated total of 10.5 million crimes in the same time frame as the ONS report. "The 13 percent increase is neither caused nor explained by terrorism, and it's misleading to suggest so". Significant increases were also reported in thefts from individuals, burglary and robbery.

The problem is the crime stats reported in the United Kingdom have little to do with terrorism.

It stated: 'There was a substantial increase of 59% in the number of attempted murder offences to 426 offences in the latest year. A large number of those were people injured in the Manchester and London attacks.

It was the highest number or arrests since authorities began collecting data in 2001.

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