Victims of a violent Britain

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Victims of a violent Britain
By Philip Johnston
(Filed: 22/04/2005)

Two horrifying attacks in the heart of rural England - one the stabbing of a young mother, the other the shooting of a businessman - yesterday blighted Labour attempts to portray Britain as safer under Tony Blair.

On the day the Prime Minister sought to play down police figures showing a rise in violent offences and firearms incidents, the reality behind the statistics intruded into the election campaign.


Police officers search the path where Ms Witchalls was stabbed
Abigail Witchalls, 26, was pushing her two-year-old son, Joseph, in his buggy in the village of Bookham, near Leatherhead, Surrey, when a white man with two earrings demanded money.

He knifed her once as she screamed for help. Then he escaped in a blue car, leaving her staggering along a footpath with blood pouring from her neck.

Last night Mrs Witchalls was critically ill and paralysed from the neck down in a London hospital. Her child was unhurt.

Det Supt Adrian Harper, of Surrey police, said the attack was being treated as attempted murder.

He said: "This is a very rare crime and we would ask that nobody panics and it should not raise significant additional concern at this time. We are committing considerable resources to this investigation and extra officers will patrol the area during the day."

Sir Paul Beresford, the Conservative candidate for Mole Valley, who lives in Bookham, said: ''I am appalled. This is the second horrible crime around here recently.

"We never used to get this sort of crime but we do now. We are markedly short of police officers. We have asked for more but they have not been supplied.''

Two hundred miles away, Mark Holland, 39, a car and property dealer, was shot during a raid on his home outside the village of Low Bradfield, north of Sheffield. His attackers escaped in a Porsche he had bought as a birthday present for his 25-year-old fiancée, Chloe Darker.

Miss Darker said that she and Mr Holland were in bed when one of the raiders burst in at about 2am.

"There was someone in the room with a mask on demanding money, saying if we don't hand it over then we'll kill you. Mark was defending his house and obviously myself. He took the guy downstairs and that's when he was shot.''

Mr Holland was taken to Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, where he was in intensive care last night.

Chief Supt John House said: "Gun crime in South Yorkshire is rare and is falling. Gun crime involving innocent members of the public is even more so and that is why this serious offence is being investigated at the highest level."

News of the attacks coincided with angry exchanges between party leaders as new crime figures painted a confusing picture. Police recorded crime showed an increase in violence of nine per cent but Mr Blair said that was because of changes in the way figures were compiled. [they've been saying this every year since the recording changes were introduced... in 1998 - how the feck is a change in 1998 supposed to account for every year's increase since? This is just a blatent lie. Stoaty]

He said: ''On the British Crime Survey, which is reckoned to be the most authoritative survey [note careful wording - I'm sure it is the most authoritative survey, but not the most authoritative measure. Stoaty.], violent crime has not gone up; it has gone down.''

Michael Howard, the Conservative leader, whose wife, Sandra, and daughter, Larissa, have been mugged, said: ''Tony Blair has quite simply lost the plot when it comes to crime. What planet is he on?

''Crime has gone up by over 15 per cent since 1998 and behind those statistics are people who have been robbed, assaulted, mugged. Mr Blair, welcome to the real world."
 
#2
The ape that carried out the stabbing sadly won't find himself at the end of a rope. In lieu of that, the creature must either be locked up for the rest of his wretched life or, better still, made to live for the rest of his existence at a subsistence level with any earnings above the minimum for bread, water and cell-type dwelling going towards the support of the victim, who may be paralysed.
 
#3
I have just sent the following letter to the Telegraph:
Sir,

Tony Blair blames this year's increase in recorded violence on reporting changes. However, these changes occurred in 1998 and have been used every year since as an excuse why the recorded crime statistics have risen over the previous year. This is not simple intellectual dishonesty - it is a bare-faced lie.

One thing is certain though: if the British Crime Survey had shown a steady increase and the recorded crime had shown a decrease, Mr Blair would be telling us how unreliable survey data is and how we should consider only the recorded crime figures.

Yours sincerely,


etc etc etc
 
#4
The police data on total recorded crimes show a continued increase (this year something like 9% I believe - I stand to be corrected if someone knows better). The British Crime Survey is pure spin and bullsh*t, it's based on a 'representative' cross section of the community - this sort of thing can be easily skewed.
 
#5
stoatman said:
Sir,

Tony Blair blames this year's increase in recorded violence on reporting changes. However, these changes occurred in 1998 and have been used every year since as an excuse why the recorded crime statistics have risen over the previous year. This is not simple intellectual dishonesty - it is a bare-faced lie.

One thing is certain though: if the British Crime Survey had shown a steady increase and the recorded crime had shown a decrease, Mr Blair would be telling us how unreliable survey data is and how we should consider only the recorded crime figures.

Yours sincerely,
Easy, there have been Two changes in reporting. one in 2002, and one in 1998. ALthough since 1998 htere seemed to be a steady increase in crime, I'm not sure about since 2002.
I will state that in my personal experince when ever I've needed a policeman, in all but one case I've been able to find one. wether more police is the answer is another matter.
 

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