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Surprise, surprise. All the tabloid scare stories and wider fears about a migrant crime wave are unfounded, a police report says:

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) canvassed the views of detectives and community officers across the UK. It found no evidence that crime is more prevalent among East Europeans
than other groups. It said the sheer number of migrants in some areas
has caused tensions and policing pressures – but the problems are few
and far between.

Of course, that won’t stop the xenophobes making hay about the issue. The few crimes committed by migrants – who are, after all, human and so, regrettably, sometimes commit crimes, just as some British people do – will still be hyped by the press. Yet tarring a huge and varied group of people for the actions of a few is utterly despicable.

Posted 16 Apr 2008 in Blog

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