Based on a ‘letter’ to a Tory MSP!
Thanks to a Freedom of Information request published today, TuS can reveal a much-welcomed and dramatic fall in attacks on emergency workers, in line with overall crime reduction in Scotland after more than a decade of SNP-rule. See:
This makes you really wonder where Tory MSP Liam Kerr got his ‘letter’ from in 2018:
‘A total of 6,509 common assaults were recorded on police, fire and ambulance workers across Scotland in 2016/17, equivalent to more than 17 per day. The actual number of incidents is likely to be higher, as more serious attacks are not included. The figures were revealed in a letter to Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr.’
Good journalism is based on reliable sources. As often before BBC Scotland seem not to have seen their own editorial guidelines:
We should try to witness events and gather information first-hand. Where this is not possible, we should talk to first -hand sources and, where necessary, corroborate their evidence. We should be reluctant to rely on a single source. If we do rely on a single source, a named on-the-record source is always preferable.