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28/06/00
CBS View of Violent London 'Nonsense', says Minister
- TV Report on violence ignores murder

THE BRITISH government has slammed as "absolute nonsense" claims on an American TV news show that Britain is a far more dangerous place than the US.

A CBS report filed by London correspondent Tom Fenton claimed that violent crime was of a higher order in London and other UK urban areas than in comparable US cities. Burglary and assault, Fenton said, were running at a higher rate in the UK, but the considerably more fatal crime of murder was strangely brushed aside.

Home Office Minister Charles Clarke said it was "absolute nonsense" to leave murder off the agenda. "The report was not objective," Clarke said. "In America there is far more chance of being shot by a gunman." Not least by a police gunman, it could be added, as Bruce Springsteen recently highlighted in his song 41 Shots which refers to the brutal slaying of Amadou Diallo by trigger happy cops.

Clarke said that two people per 100,000 were murdered in London, compared with eight per 100,000 in New York City and a blood thirsty 50 in Washington DC. It was also pointed out that American authorities do not hold figures on the crime of common assault.




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