Trump falsely blames rise in crime in United Kingdom on "radical Islamic terror"

President Donald Trump.   Kevin Dietsch-Pool  Getty Images

President Donald Trump. Kevin Dietsch-Pool Getty Images

"Just out report: 'United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.' not good, we must keep America safe!" wrote the USA president. "Not good, we must keep America safe!" the USA president tweeted on Friday. "But while it is clear that much of the rise in police-recorded violent offenses is due to better recording, we know that some of this increase is likely to be genuine, which is why we have taken urgent action to stop these crimes and keep our communities safe", Newton said.

ONS statistician John Flatley said in a statement yesterday (Thursday): "Today's figures suggest that the police are dealing with a growing volume of crime". Of the 664 recorded homicides in England and Wales, 35 related to the aforementioned terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists.

It is unclear how the President encountered the crime figures, released by the UK's Office for National Statistics on Thursday, as they were not widely covered in the United States media.

He added: "The recent increases in recorded crime need to be seen in the context of the overall decline in crime indicated by the Crime Survey for England and Wales".

The first one, referenced by Trump, is produced by the Office for National Statistics and is based on the number of crimes logged by British police forces.

"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. It shows a 13% increase in the number of crimes to 5.2 million in the twelve months to June.

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