Britain's violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed.Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world's most dangerous countries.
The figures, compiled from reports released by the European Commission and United Nations, also show: But it is the naming of Britain as the most violent country in the EU that is most shocking.'We're now on our fourth Home Secretary this parliament, and all we are getting is a rehash of old initiatives that didn't work the first time round.More than ever Britain needs a change of direction.' The figures, compiled by the Tories, are considered the most accurate and up-to-date available.But Police Minister David Hanson said: 'These figures are misleading. An Action Plan for Tackling Violence 2008-11'.' The timing of the Europe-wide violence figures is a blow for Mr Johnson, who will today seek to reassert Labour's law and order credentials.Experts say there are a number of reasons why violence is soaring in the UK.
These include Labour's decision to relax the licensing laws to allow round-the-clock opening, which has led to a rise in the number of serious assaults taking place in the early hours of the morning.