Serious violent crime soars in broken Tory England but falls in SNP Scotland


In England and Wales, ‘high-harm’ violent offences involving weapons rose by 16%, in the year-ending March 2018. Homicides rose by 12% to 701 in the same period.

In the same period, in Scotland, ‘serious assaults’ fell by 1.4% and homicides fell by 12.7% to only 55.

I appreciate that ‘high-harm’ and ‘serious’ violence may not be strictly comparable, but the contrasting trends remain of interest.

This is, of course, part of a long-term trend of falling violence in Scotland in the period of SNP administration, where:

‘Crimes of handling of offensive weapons fell by more than two thirds over the last decade. There have been fewer convictions for handling offensive weapons and a fall in the number of emergency hospital admissions due to assault with a sharp object over the same period.’

This fall in violent crime is also part of a wider pattern of improvement across Scottish society and in our policing of crime:

Why are prison officers staying in post in Scotland as they flee the tide of violence and self-harm in England and Wales?

Police Scotland, world experts on violence reduction, are now to advise The Met after helping the NYPD and Canada Police. Scotland’s media ignore the story in favour of anything negative they can find.

Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?

Reported domestic violence in Scotland falls. Is this part of wider change?

First New York Police and now Canada’s police come to learn from Scotland’s successes in tackling violence

As reported levels of violence against women soar in England and Wales they seem to be falling in Scotland. Will this be reported?

Police Scotland more than fifteen times better at clearing up robberies than English forces!



5 thoughts on “Serious violent crime soars in broken Tory England but falls in SNP Scotland

  1. John July 19, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    Now what will the headlines be tomorrow , “SNP fail to meet 100% in fighting crime ” , perhaps ?.

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    • Alasdair Macdonald July 19, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      I suspect they will use the ‘tip-of-the-iceberg’ tactic. They will get an ‘expert’ to say, “of course, these figures could be just the tip of an iceberg”. This will mutate into a headline: ‘crime levels ‘soaring’ in Scotland’, claims expert’. The ‘expert’ will be someone of unimpeachable impartiality, like Mr Graeme Pearson.

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  2. Robert Graham July 19, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Those Scots who have woken up could probably quote the headlines , who will be first ? the BBC probably , then the rest of usual suspects will follow on ,then the BBC will quote the usual suspects and so the show goes on ,round and round , with SNP failures as the headline , So very predictable and sadly true and a damming view of the Rotten Union propped up by an equally rotten corrupt media, How do you waken up these proud Scots , are they totally stupid or do they have to work at it .

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