Glasgow: Murder Capital of Europe 2003-11-28Posted by clype in Europe, Glasgow, Health, Intolerance, Statistics.
Glasgow was yesterday branded the murder capital of western Europe by shock new figures.
The horror statistic was revealed alongside damning evidence that the number of ‘illegal killings’, ‘murders’ and ‘culpable homicides’ in Scotland has soared while the conviction rate has plummeted.
A report from ‘The Scottish Executive’ confirmed that the number of people dying in violent incidents had rocketed to its highest level since 1995.
Most deadly attacks were fuelled by ‘booze’ or drugs — and stabbings were the main cause of fatal injuries.
There were 125 incidents which resulted in killings in 2002 forty of them in Glasgow alone and 127 people died as a result.
- The majority of victims were stabbed to death by friends or relatives who were in a drunken rage.
- The statistics showed that 186 people were arrested for the 127 killings. Nine out of 10 were caught within a month of the incident.
- But convictions occurred in only 71 of the 125 homicide cases, compared to 75 convictions in 113 cases the previous year.
- Eight of the killers in 2002 were under 16 and 46 were aged 16 to 20.
According to the report, the typical murderer was male, aged 16 to 29, lived in Glasgow, knew the victim and stabbed them to death with a knife during a drunken weekend row.
Yesterday, Justice Minister Ms.Cathy Jamieson vowed to crack down on the killer culture which has blighted so many lives. She said:
‘This kind of behaviour and its shocking consequences can no longer be tolerated in a modern Scotland.
‘Too many of these cases result when either the accused or the victim is drunk.
‘Most occur at the weekend and involve young men.’
The figures for 2002 showed Glasgow had a homicide rate of 58.7 people per million of population more than twice the level of the other Scottish cities.
Aberdeen was the second most dangerous city, with an average of 21.9 killings per million while Dundee had 15.9 victims and Edinburgh was safest with just 15.6 fatalities.
- Glasgow had the highest rate of any city in western Europe, including Belfast, Madrid, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Dublin.
Only the Baltic states’ cities had a higher rate, along with American crime centres such as New York and Washington and the lawless Russian capital, Moscow.
The Justice Minister added:
‘I believe reforms to drinking laws now being considered will reduce this potentially fatal connection between over-indulging in alcohol and violent crime.
‘On knife crime, we are committed to reviewing the law and enforcement of such crimes. We have already started work towards that end.’
The Strathclyde Police area is where nearly two thirds of the killings (81 out of 127) took place, yet The Chief Constable of Strathclyde Mr.Willie Rae refuse to comment –but Superintendent Mr.Mike Dean described the success of ‘Operation Magnet‘, which seized more than 200 knives in a six-week crackdown centred on Govan, Glasgow. He said:
‘We took in 40 lock knives, 13 steak knives and 25 kitchen knives.
‘Operation Magnet has been extremely successful in tackling the carrying of offensive weapons.’
‘We have also launched a new initiative which aims to target particular “hot-spots”.
‘At the weekend, nine weapons, including three machetes and an axe, were taken off the streets.’
SNP leader Mr.John Swinney MSP said:
‘These figures are horrifying; not only are more homicides being committed, but the conviction rate has fallen by almost 15 per cent.
‘Scotland as a whole has one of the highest homicide rates in the EU.
‘And Glasgow’s figure is double that of London– and higher even than Belfast.
‘Knife deaths alone have almost doubled since 1997.
‘These figures leave Jack Mcconnell without an alibi for Labour’s record of abject failure.
‘His Executive loves to talk tough on crime, but the reality is they are convicted by their own statistics.’
And The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party justice spokesman Ms.Annabel Goldie said:
‘Unless we adopt a zero tolerance stance, Scotland will continue on its depressing descent into more violence, more crime and more human misery.
‘This country must be made a safer place to live.’
- CLIPPED FROM: ‘The Murder City — Glasgow is the western European killing capital‘, John Mceachran, The Daily Record, 2003-11-27