August riots in numbers
The Government has just released the latest statistics relating to the August riots in the UK. They make clear that the poverty, disadvantage and disaffection experienced by this group are the root causes of the August riots.
The statistics show that 13% of looters were from gangs. This contradicts the message from Secretary Iain Duncan Smith at the Conservative Party conference earlier this month that gangs had played a “significant part” in the riots.
Social deprivation appears the key consideration and as Criminal Justice Minister Nick Herbert points out “the fact that half of recorded crimes were for offences like stealing and looting shows that most of what we saw was motivated by opportunity and greed”.