This Is England?

From today’s (British) Times

“TWO teenagers who left a barrister in a coma for three months and permanently disabled with brain injuries after an unprovoked and drunken attack were jailed yesterday.

Bournemouth Crown Court was told that Daniel Hayward, 19, a trainee boat builder, and Martin Warren, 17, had been drinking heavily before they and other teenagers began roaming the streets looking for trouble.”

Also from today’s (British) Times:

The teenager Mary-Ann Leneghan was told that she was going to die throughout the hours of rape and torture which preceded her murder, a court heard today.

The 16-year-old who was stabbed to death in Reading on May 7 last year was abducted by a gang of men and tortured before being stabbed to death, a jury at the city’s Crown Court heard

Ok, so we all know that bad news makes good copy. But still: Britain, what the f*** is going on?

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3 Comment(s)

  1. snotty moore

    16 January, 2006 at 8:54 am

    These events would be shocking if people weren’t shocked by them. But they are, so we have some way to go yet.
    I see New York’s crime rate has dropped dramatically. The murder rate is still four or five times that of Britain’s of course…

  2. 16 January, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    Hey Snotty

    I’m relieved that these horrendous incidents shock people. And obviously it’s not a competition. Yes, the murder rate is still higher in New York than London.
    But my concern is this:
    While murder rates have been dropping dramatically in most major American cities, with less and less headlines of the kind I quoted above, they seem to be rising in the UK. Which raises the question: What actions are people being shocked into? How do the rates get turned back around?


  3. snotty moore

    16 January, 2006 at 8:05 pm

    Interestingly, according to a not particularly good piece in yesterday’s Observer, murder rates are generally climbing in most US cities (not freakishly though), but not in New York.
    Intoxicants seem to be involved in both these cases. More disturbing (if that’s possible) is the murder of a man by muggers after he’d handed over his wallet in Willesden. Of course, the ever tasteless Mail on Sunday quoted a relative as saying everyone should carry a weapon to protect themselves. Equally inevitably said relative denied saying any such thing at a police press conference. I hope he sues the scum.


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