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Donald Trump criticised after blaming UK crime rise on 'Islamic terrorism'

  • Video report by ITV News correspondent Angus Walker

Donald Trump has been blasted by a number of British politicians after he blamed "radical Islamic terrorism" for the UK's 13% rise in crime.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband called the US president an "absolute moron", while Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said his tweet was "inaccurate" and "inflammatory".

In a tweet, the president said the figure, published on Thursday, was "not good" - adding that America must be kept "safe".

Police forces in England and Wales - not the UK - registered 5.2 million offences in the year to the end of June, up 13% on the previous 12 months, the Office for National Statistics revealed this week.

Figures indicated that jumps in violent crime, sexual offences, knife crime and credit card fraud were significant factors.

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted his belief that the spike came "amid the spread" of Islamic terrorism.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper said in a statement: "Hate crime in the UK has gone up by almost 30% and rubbish like this tweet from Donald Trump is designed to provoke even more of it.

"It is appalling that we have reached the point where inflammatory and ignorant statements from the President of the United States are now seen as normal."

Others tweeted their thoughts.

Britain's 13% jump for 2016/2017 came after the two previous years also saw rises of 5% and 7% respectively.

The ONS said that more sexual offences being reported and improved recording by police forces in response to inspections are likely to be behind the increases.

Britain has been the target of five successful terrorist attacks in 2017 so far - in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green.

Levels of crime have risen by 13% in Britain over the past year. Credit: PA

Earlier this week, the head of MI5 warned that there had been a "dramatic" jump in the scale and pace of the terror threat facing the UK.

According to statistics, America's homicide rate is seven times higher than those of other high-income countries.