Figures show 'manipulation of police statistics'

They were showing in some reports... a 400% increase in street robberies. If you looked at the same reports a couple of days later, robberies would be static, but theft snatch would have increased by a large amount.

– James Patrick, Metropolitan Police constable

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Police 'massage' crime stats

An influential committee of MPs has been told that police officers are routinely massaging crime statistics to improve performance figures.