‘Groomed’ – a review

‘Groomed’ – a review

Last week, a group of us went to see Groomed at the Soho theatre, written and performed by Patrick Sandford. It is a play about child sexual abuse and the impact it has long after the abuse has taken place. We sat in the bar beforehand, nursing a glass of water to...
Five things to note about today’s crime stats

Five things to note about today’s crime stats

1. The adding of internet crimes should cause us to question our assumptions about what has been happening to crime There were more than 5.8m incidents of cybercrime in the last year, far higher than previously thought and enough to nearly double the headline crime...
Why the rise in recorded violence matters

Why the rise in recorded violence matters

Today’s crime statistics show overall crime continuing to fall – down by a further 7 per cent – as measured by the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). Despite the continuing omission of online crimes from the survey (which the ONS promise will eventually be...
The referendum debate: safer in or out?

The referendum debate: safer in or out?

On Sunday, the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, opened up a new flank in the ‘Brexit’ argument: that staying in the European Union (EU) would leave us vulnerable to Paris-style terrorist attacks. This followed several days of briefing from Number Ten...