Latest cuttings: Full Fact and Hackney Citizen

A short post, just to link to a few things I’ve done recently.

Firstly, a couple of articles which I wrote for factchecking website Full Fact:

Full Fact logoAre only 1% of illegal immigrants deported?

Getting higher: has mephedrone use increased by 300% since it was banned?

I’m a big fan of what Full Fact do – calling out media organisations and politicians over dubious claims they’ve made and misleading use of statistics. Although a small organisation, they have an impressive track record of getting dodgy claims corrected.

I also wrote an article for the Hackney Citizen on a police request for a review of the licence of The Dolphin on Mare Street – a move which has led to howls of despair from the pub’s large fanbase.

300,000 London mobile phone thefts in three years

Almost 300,000 mobile phones were stolen in London in the last three years, according to Met Police figures which set out the near-industrial scale of the crime.

The number of thefts leapt from around 82,000 in 2010 to 111,000 in 2012 – the equivalent of more than 300 phones per day.

And only those thefts reported to the police show in the figures, meaning the true number of phones stolen each year is likely to be greater still.

More than 45,000 mobile phones were stolen in Westminster alone in the last three years, with Camden and Lambeth the next worst affected boroughs with around 20,000 thefts each.