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Posted by Nick Phillips on October 9 2007, 15:50 » Uploaded 09/10/07 16:32  

Dear Steve,

The BBC web page covering the murder of Rizwan Darbar includes the wording:

"...the rise in violence among teenagers".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7034588.stm

It might be worth putting this alleged "rise" in context, eg:

Total homicides, age 5-16 (1995): 44
Total homicides, age 5-16 (2006): 20

Also:

Fatal shootings, all ages (1995): 66
Fatal shootings, all ages (2006): 50

Fatal stabbings, all ages (1995): 243
Fatal stabbings, all ages (2006): 212

Sources: Home Office Statistical Bulletin 02/07 - Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2005/2006, Table 1.07, page 22); Guardian 28/8/07 http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/hosb0207.pdf
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/polls/comment/0,,2157406,00.html

Sincerely,

Dr Nick Phillips
Media Sceptic Group
http://www.mediasceptic.org

 
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