SNP appear to be claiming there were only 7,000 violent crimes recorded in 2014-15

An official Crime and Justice report by the Scottish Government claims there were only 7.000 violent crimes recorded in 2014-15.

Page 20 of the publication (download here) shows the graph and claim that there were only 7,000 violent crimes.

The Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary Douglas Ross has written to the Scotland's Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, to inform him that it was almost impossible to gauge violent crime because of the disparity in figures used.

It said there were 6,775 instances of violence, but when incidents such as broken noses and cases where a victim loses consciousness are included, the toll rises to 68,482.

How can you not classify broken noses and loss of consciousness as violent crime?. Are the SNP cooking the books?

Derek Penman, HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, has previously said that figures combining violence with and without injury offer "a better overall measure of violent crime".

Douglass Ross argued that ministers should therefore create a clearer system of recording and publishing, adding it would increase the public’s confidence in policing.

The SNP had previously been accused of 'fiddling' the statistics after it was discovered that offences such as punching, kicking and brandishing a weapon were left out of statistics. Again - how can these not be violent crimes?

Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary Douglas Ross said:

“The inconsistent use of ‘violent crime’ by the Scottish Government is at best confusing and at worst misleading.

“The SNP should consider implementing a joined-up, common sense and transparent approach on this issue so that the public can have full confidence in crime statistics.

“The current spin from the SNP does a disservice to tens of thousands of victims of violence and fails to provide an accurate overall picture of violent crime in Scotland.”

You can see Douglas Ross's letter here
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