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True crime

Rising off ending in perspective

CHRIS TILBURY

Whatever is really happening on our streets, if you take your cue from the red tops you’ll always be scared to go outside. The media’s fixation on the bad news on crime is natural—a dangerous man on the loose is bound to be a talking point, in a way that statistics about crimes not committed never will.

Recently, however, it has started to seem like the fear-mongers have a point. The much-publicised ramping up of knife crime to a record high is, on a first glance at the official figures, at the crest of a horrible wave. Overall, recorded crime has risen 7 per cent in the last year—up to almost 5.75m off ences. And violent crimes have seen the starkest increase, up 19 per cent overall, with homicide rising by 14 per cent.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Mark Damazer, the former controller of BBC Radio 4, tells the inside story of how the BBC has tried—and sometimes failed—to cover the political crisis that overshadows everything else. Elsewhere in the issue: Playwright and screenwriter James Graham profiles John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, as he takes centre-stage in the unfolding Brexit drama and Tom Clark examines the Independent Group and argues that they could well shake up the established political tribes. Also, Jennifer Williams highlights the growing gap between the haves and have-nots in Manchester—a city that is simultaneously experiencing a housing boom and a homelessness crisis.