Key Quotes - Crime

Key Quotes - Crime

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Last update: Tuesday 18th December
 
The proportion of Britons who “disagree strongly” that it is safe to talk on a handheld mobile phone while driving has reached its highest level since current records began, new research shows. Some 70% of people said they are firmly against the practice, according to the annual British Social Attitudes survey which holds data on the topic going back to 2006, comparing with just 56% in 2007.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 13th July 2018
 
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced a statutory defence – Section 45 - for victims of modern slavery who were compelled to commit a criminal offence. Yet research from the Prison Reform Trust confirms that victims of modern slavery continue to be prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit. The report studied 585 foreign national prisoners between February 2013 and March 2017 and 45 of those were identified as victims or potential victims of human trafficking.
CrimeCARE - 20th September
 
Spice, which can cause users to freeze and experience psychotic episodes, is destroying lives and communities, critics say. Formerly a ‘legal high’, the synthetic cannabinoid is now a Class B drug – meaning users face five years in prison and an unlimited fine.
CrimeThe Christian Institute - 17th September 2018
 
Dog attacks remain a “major concern” for postal workers after almost 2,300 incidents were reported last year, new figures show. The Royal Mail revealed that, although the total number of attacks fell by 8%, there were increases in several areas of the country. Postal workers bitten by dogs have been left with permanent and disabling injuries, with more than 44 attacks every week despite years of campaigns aimed at protecting employees.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 25th June 2018
 
An estimated 45.8 million people are trapped in forms of modern slavery worldwide. These include an estimated 11,700 in the UK.
CrimeChurch Times - 1 June 2018
 
There has been a sharp rise in the number of prosecutions for modern slavery, according to the latest figures, but conviction rates have stalled. In total, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) received 355 referrals from the police and other agencies in the financial year 2017/18 – the highest figure ever recorded.
CrimeCARE - 10th August 2018
 
New research from the Home Office revealed in July that the cost of modern slavery in the UK could be as high as £4.3 billion annually, an average of just under £330,000 per victim. This estimate is contained in an analysis of three forms of modern slavery – labour exploitation, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.
CrimeEvangelicals Now – September 2018
 
New research from the Home Office has revealed the cost of modern slavery in the UK could be as high as £4.3billion annually, an average of just under £330,000 per victim. This is the first ever estimate of the cost and is contained in an analysis of three forms of modern slavery – labour exploitation, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.
CrimeCARE - 31st July 2018
 
YouTube has deleted just over half of the music videos Scotland Yard has asked to be taken down because they incite violence, according to police figures.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed social media for fuelling a surge in murders in London, singling out the ‘drill genre’ of rap music for glamourising violent crime.
Drill videos easily able to view online feature hooded and masked gangs threatening each other with violent lyrics, gestures and hand signals, with some attracting millions of views.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 29 May 2018
 
The Global Slavery Index Report was published this week by the Walk Free Foundation...40.3 million people were living in modern slavery in 2016, seventy per cent of whom were women and girls.
CrimeCARE Impact Direct - 20th July 2018
 
A quarter of shops sell knives to under-age children, research suggests. Figures from retail age checking company Serve Legal showed that shop workers failed to check the age of mystery shoppers buying a knife in 26% of 2,357 test sales in 2017.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 16 May 2018
 
Hundreds, if not thousands, of Irish people are unaware that their parents are not their birth parents after the uncovering of a scandal in which adoption societies, from at least the 1940s until 1969, incorrectly registered births when they gave or sold “illegitimate” children to adoptive parents.
CrimeChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
Pakistan-based charities reported in early May that hundreds of newborn babies have been found dead in garbage piles in Pakistan over the last year, with 99% of the dead infants being females, due to a cultural preference for male children.
According to the Edhi Foundation and Chhipa Welfare organisation, at least 345 babies have been found in garbage piles in Karachi between January 2017 and April 2018.
CrimeEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
A smoking ban has been identified as a factor behind a sharp rise in violence at one of Britain’s oldest jails, according to an inspection report. Senior staff at HMP Leicester also attributed a spike in assaults to an influx of younger inmates and the availability of drugs.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 31 May 2018
 
A new report published today by Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT UK)...highlights the high numbers of children being identified as possible victims of trafficking: In 2017 2,118 children referred into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the current system for identifying victims of trafficking and modern slavery. Children made up nearly half (41%) of the total number of suspected trafficking victims in 2017, and the number of children suspected of trafficking rose by 66% compared to the previous year.
CrimeCARE - 22nd June 2018
 
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