Those Daily Express migrant arrest statistics in full
The Daily Express was leading yesterday with another story about the "extent of the damage unlimited immigration is causing to the fabric of society".
Statistics are fun, of course. The Express claim that "A Migrant arrested every 4 minutes in UK" is based on an extrapolated figure of 360 foreigners being arrested a day, which makes up 7% of the total.
If I remember my O-Level maths correctly, that suggests that the total number of arrests per day is 5,142, meaning 4,783 of those arrests of British citizens. Or to put it another way, one otherwise law-abiding British person is arrested every 18 seconds in Briton.
Let's put those figures into an 'infogram' to make it a bit easier to digest the numbers.
One migrant is arrested every 4 minutes in the UK, and one Briton is arrested every 18 seconds. For every migrant arrested, 13.3 British people are arrested. Now, remind me, which group is it 'putting an intolerable strain' on the system?
Obviously there would be less pressure on the justice system if those 360 extra arrests per day weren't happening, but then there would be less pressure on the system if any of the 13-and-a-bit Britons being arrested during the same time period could be persuaded to be a bit more law-abiding as well.
The Express study shows that 'violence is one of the most common offences committed by migrants, along with theft, fraud, immigration violations and drugs', although you would think given their editorial line that they would be pleased that people were being arrested for immigration violations, wouldn't you?
Interestingly, although the front page of the printed edition hit the streets of Greece first thing yesterday morning, it wasn't until the afternoon that the story actually appeared on the Express website.
When it did finally appear, there was quite an amusing juxtaposition in the search results...