Violent crime plunged in parts of London after the summer riots because so many thugs were locked up, police figures suggest.What a shocker. Even the judges seem to be getting the message loud and clear.
In Croydon the number of violent offences fell 20 per cent in the four weeks after the August disturbances compared with the four weeks before.Who doesn't know that already?
Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, who obtained the figures from borough police, said: "That shows very clearly that putting those offenders away has worked in reducing crime in the short term. It shows a very significant reduction.
"Rather than [the riots] being a spontaneous protest, in Croydon there was significant amount of organisation. Gang culture was certainly at the core of crime in our town."
The Croydon statistics were revealed as Met figures showed that big rises in the burglary and robbery rates could have eased as more police were deployed following the riots.So, locking up the scum and getting more police on the streets is the answer? Well, gosh, someone needs to ensure Ken Clarke is made aware of the question, then.
Of course, the usual suspects immediately mount their familiar hobby horses:
In the Commons debate on the riots, Mark Field warned of "worrying signs" of a "tipping point" where gang culture was out of control.Yes, if only this poor, disadvantaged youth had something to do, eh?
Mr Field, Tory MP for Cities of London & Westminster, called for more spending on activities for children out of school. "I do believe we need to look at youth community services and if we are to make a genuine long-term impact, it has to be one of the legacies of ensuring these riots don't happen again," he said.
Tottenham MP David Lammy recalled the Broadwater Farm riots of 1985 when he was a boy and said it was "a tragedy" that his constituency had been hit by rioting twice in a generation.He makes it sound as if it was a meteor strike, something totally unrelated to the people of the area…
Tory MP David Davies said more black and Asian police officers were needed so that forces were trusted more by the communities they served.Really? You think that'll help?