Henry Smith is under fire, according to the Crawley News, for exaggerating the threat of crime.
He claimed that the latest statistics demonstrated a daily crime wave targetting school children.
It turns out that in the area of Sussex that Crawley is in, 28 pupils were victims of mugging. That’s not even weekly, Henry. Oh, and street robberies went down by 30%. Across the whole of Sussex (that’s East, West and Brighton & Hove City combined) the total was 171. Every single one is a crime, and all are to be condemned, but that’s not exactly a ‘daily crime wave’.
Now, is Henry hyping crime figures for a reason? Is he creating fear for political gain?