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Watchdogs 'too passive' on crime figures

Minister and statisticians responsible for overseeing police-recorded crime figures have been accused of being "too passive" by a group of MPs.

A report published today claims the Home Office, Office for National Statistics and the UK Statistics Authority have "repeatedly missed opportunities" to safeguard the quality of crime statistics recorded by the police.

Comments made last year by former Metropolitan Police officer James Patrick initially sparked concerns over the reliability of crime figures. He claimed that massaging crime figures to meet performance targets was an "engrained part of policing culture".

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Youth unemployment figures in London

According to the latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics there are 177,400 sixteen to twenty-four year-olds who are unemployed in the capital.

The study was carried out in 2012.

Below is a breakdown of the worst affected boroughs in London.

  • Barking and Dagenham: 4,000
  • Barnet: 4,800
  • Bexley: 2,800
  • Brent: 2,900
  • Bromley: 3,200
  • Camden: 2,300
  • Croydon: 7,900
  • Ealing: 6,800
  • Enfield: 5,200
  • Greenwich: 4,500
  • Hackney: 2,000
  • Hammersmith and Fulham: 2,600
  • Haringey: 1,100
  • Harrow: 2,900
  • Havering: 3,400
  • Hillingdon: 3,500
  • Hounslow: 4,700
  • Islington: 3,200
  • Kensington and Chelsea: 1,000
  • Kingston upon Thames: 1,900
  • Lambeth: 6,100
  • Lewisham: 4,900
  • Merton: 2,200
  • Newham: 4,900
  • Redbridge: 2,600
  • Richmond upon Thames: 1,500
  • Southwark: 6,300
  • Sutton: 2,900
  • Tower Hamlets: 3,100
  • Waltham Forest: 4,500
  • Wandsworth: 4,000
  • Westminster: 3,400

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