I suspect that others may have noticed that letting the train take the strain is no longer what it used to be following the news yesterday of a stabbing on a holiday train to Devon. This in from one of our readers:
“Just got back from a very pleasant day at Chelsea Flower Show. That was of course until we had to endure the journey from Victoria to Broadstairs by train, accompanied by three drunken louts who were f'ing and blinding every other word and screaming racial obscenities in front of women and children. The ticket collector seemed powerless to intervene, and I don't blame him. He probably didn't want to risk being knifed. I would like to know, what percentage of our population can be attributed to these types of thugs, and why the majority of us have to put up with this type of appalling, anti-social behaviour. I shall be returning my family rail card, as I have no intention of putting my family through that ordeal again. Oh, and guess where they got off the train?”
Ed: The true picture of rising levels of violent crime in England and Wales and historically low conviction rates is revealed today by The Observer.
An investigation shows that conviction rates for many of the most violent crimes have been in freefall since Labour came to power in 1997 and are now well below 10 per cent. The chronically low figures for convictions come at the same time as reports that violent crime is increasing.