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ARRESTS OF TEENAGE GIRLS AND WOMEN REACH RECORD LEVELS

Would like to see some comparisons witht the rest of Europe, and wonder how much of this is a change in police attitudes and how much a change in female behaviour. Arrests now much more common because it allows the taking of a DNA sample and that often seems to be the goal rather than preventing future offences. In other words: I blame David Blunkett and the Home Office for their fascination with hi-tech measures and databases.
Was Roy Jenkins the only decent Home Secretary we ever had? That’s another discuss question for the finals paper!

INDIA’S BACKLASH AGAINST WOMEN

Hindu extremists attacking pubs. Demanding the same sort of changes that we may yet see here…”For women’s own good”. The Taliban are among us! This seemed a good post to follow the previous one about women and crime. “If they’d only stop drinking and clubbing all the problems would go away…” I’m sure the Sun will be able to find a bishop to say something like this…but it wont stop page 3. Ah how confused we all are! I hear a moral panic coming down the road…

MOSCOW TIMES CRIMEWATCH BLOG

By Carl Schreck. I dont know if this will update itself but I havent spotted a URL for the blog. Idiosyncratic take on crime in Russia. I hope it stays up!

EUROPE: DRESS REHEARSAL FOR REVOLUTION

My first reaction was to smile paternally at this piece. But then I remembered a recent French piece on the same theme. Obama seems to have pushed crime off the radar for a while, but there is a European tradition of mass unrest. What did the theorists say? Its relative deprivation that matters..when expectations continue to rise but the economy/government’s ability declines is when political violence/ revolutionary ferment occurs. Well, this is a classic case, surely. What goes around comes around…Maybe its time to be less complacent. What is the role of organised crime in times of relative deprivation? Anyone fancy joining me to see if we can get a research grant?????

OLD STYLE STREET REVOLTS SEEM TO HAVE RATTLED SARKO

Charles Bremner scoffs in the Times. Now I’m seriously worried. If he’s being patronising about the return of the Trots, its inevitable. And I have been very rude about them in the past. Oops!

OFF! THE RAPID RISE AND FALL OF BRITAIN’S FLASHIEST REFEREE

Every Everton supporter will celebrate the demise of Clattenburg for his disgraceful display in the Merseyside derby of October 2007 documented in this article. But for the Independent to put this in the Crime section seems a little harsh. Peers of the realm get away with much more after all, as do cabinet ministers on occasion. He is appealing [well, in the legal sense, anyway].

POLICE FORCE REPORTS MASSIVE REDUCTION IN GANG CRIME

Greater Manchester’s Operation Cougar hailed as a success. Massive inter-agency cooperation. let’s hope it can be sustained.But in later news, a danger of contempt of court, so shhhhh: http://tinyurl.com/b6ar59 Unfortunately th Independent doesnt tell us why!

SIX ARRESTED IN £420 MILLION FRAUD CASE

Spanish police arrest 6 people alleged to be connected to AIM-listed Langbar group. supposed to have talked up the value of the shares and sold them. Details in the article.

MORE ON CRIME FIGURES

Aha! Violent crime figures in dispute because police have been under-recording in 18 constabularies including Met. Nevertheless, overall figures continue to decline

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