First they came for the Muslims, then they came for the Polish, then they came from the Romanians...
'Crime by migrants soars by 530%', shouts the subheading on today's front page. A claim that is quickly withdrawn in the article's second sentence/paragraph with this:
Since Romania joined the European Union a year ago, the number of crimes committed here by that country’s nationals has risen by 530 per cent.So it's only Romanian migrants. Not migrants in general.
That fact doesn't stop the paper saying on its website's 'Have your say' question 'Should migrants who commit crime be kicked out of Britain?' (gee, I wonder if the Express readers are going to say no?):
FOLLOWING the rescue of ten Romanian child slaves from homes in Slough, it emerged that migrant crime has soared by 530 per cent.I am suspicious of these figures as there is no source given for them, and we don't know the actual numbers. Back in 'More people want to MURDER us in our BEDS!' I covered how the Mail used Romanian crime in London to scaremonger about immigration. The rise there was over 530%. It could be that the 530% figure represents the nationwide rise, but I suspect we're only talking about Slough here.
Seriously, how long before the paper openly supports the BNP?
*UPDATE* Thanks to Obsolete in the comments for pointing out the article does say the figures are from the whole of Britain. And for linking to the latest actual crime figures from the BCS and recorded crime in his own excellent post on the subject, which is more than worth a read.
Using those, we can see than in the last six months, 2,540,100 crimes were reported in Britain. The 922 crimes the Express is screaming about represents about 0.04% of total crime. That's around one in every 2,755. The actual 530% rise represents around 0.03% of total crime, or one in every 3,273.
That's worthy of a front page headline.