How bad is the violence in UK cities?

August 25, 2009

copViolence resembling the U.S. television crime series “The Wire” has become the norm in British cities, Conservative Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling says.

“It’s the world of the drama series ‘The Wire’ — a series that tracks the nightmare of drugs, gangs and organised crime in inner city west Baltimore.  It’s a horrendous portrayal of the collapse of civilised life and of human despair.”

The Home Office refutes Grayling’s claim that violent crime has risen 70 percent since Labour came to power in 1997.  The British Crime Survey, which is the best indicator of longer-term trends in crime shows a 41 percent decrease in incidents of violence since 1997,” said spokesman Simon Barrett.

Who’s right? Is it right to suggest that British cities reflect the gritty streets of Baltimore, Maryland?

American cities have been known for years for their off-limit pockets controlled by gun-wielding inner city gang members involved with drug-related crime.

Are we really getting that bad, or are the Conservatives just trying to score quick political points?


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Well, things must be improving. It always used to be that real life was as bad as “A Clockwork Orange”.

Posted by Ian Kemmish | Report as abusive

Nah, not nearly as entertaining (and our scum are so pug ugly)…

Posted by Matthew | Report as abusive

I haven’t noticed UK cities being anywhere like U.S. inner cities. UK cities don’t have the same kind of intensity.

Posted by jeannette | Report as abusive

Most US cities have no-go areas especially at night. This is now only true in some parts of the UK, but things are getting worse.

Posted by Cross | Report as abusive