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Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 12:22
US President Trump accused of fuelling hate crime
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Donald Trump has been accused of fuelling hate crime with a tweet erroneously linking a rise in the UK crime rate to "radical Islamic terror".

He said crime in the UK had risen by 13% amid the "spread" of Islamist terror - despite the figure referring to all crimes, not just terrorism.

Trump's tweet used data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)'s latest crime update, which reported a 13% increase in all offences in the 12 months to June.

It covered England and Wales, not the whole of the UK.
Police recorded 5.2m offences in the last year, the bulk of which were not associated with terrorism.

The Labour MP, Yvette Cooper, said the statement was "inflammatory and ignorant", while ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband said Mr. Trump was "a moron".
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