Trump erroneously suggests the United Kingdom linked an increase in crime to terrorism

Gladys Abbott
October 21, 2017

The US President, Donald Trump, has sparked an angry backlash in the United Kingdom with a tweet linking a rise in the crime rate to "radical Islamic terror". "Not good, we must keep America safe!" the USA president tweeted on Friday.

"The police recorded crime series is prone to changes in recording practices and police activity as well as changing behavior in public reporting of crime", according to the report from the Office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has linked a jump in reported crime in Britain to terrorism. There has also been a 29 percent rise in hate crimes.

The report did note that outlying incidents affected the murder rates, including the mass attacks in London and Manchester as well as the re-classification of the deaths of 96 football fans at the 1989 Hillsborough disaster as victims of manslaughter.

While Trump connected the rise in violence in the U.K.to Islamic terrorism, the crime statistics actually exclude the two most violent confirmed terrorist attacks in Britain over the past year.

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The London and Manchester terrorist attacks resulted in 35 homicides and 294 attempted murder offences, said the Office for National Statistics. Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said that the President was "spreading fear".

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks to Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May during in a working dinner meeting at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit of heads of state and government in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Governor.

ONS statistician John Flatley said the numbers probably represent both an increase in crime incidents and improvements in police recording of crimes. "In latest Twitter outburst USA president makes terror link even though annual crime figures record all police-recorded offences", the award-winning two-century old newspaper points out. During the London Bridge attack in June, it took AFOs eight minutes from the initial emergency call to find, locate. and kill the three marauding attackers.

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