Britons troll New York Occasions over London crime article

Britons have trolled a US newspaper after it claimed petty crime shouldn’t be handled in London.

A New York Occasions article by London correspondent Ceylan Yeginsu stated that after a decade of austerity, police within the metropolis have been “unable to pursue most suspects concerned in minor property crimes”.

The article requested Londoners to inform their tales of how the police had didn’t take care of small crimes and Ms Yeginsu revealed she had been a sufferer of housebreaking whereas dwelling in London.

She wrote: “Solely four% of all home burglaries in London have been solved between April 2017 and April 2018.

“Whereas the variety of suspects caught for all crimes has halved over 5 years to 9%.

“I’m a London-based reporter for The Occasions who has lined crime in Britain for the previous two years. Two months in the past my residence was burgled, and I’ve had my very own expertise with this.

“In the event you dwell in London and have had points with the police’s response to petty crime, I wish to hear about your expertise.”

Moderately than eliciting tales of woe for the journalist to put in writing about, the article triggered a stream of humour and sarcasm.

One responder complained of being served a Darjeeling tea regardless of ordering an Earl Gray.

A person claimed he had been pick-pocketed by a Fagin-like outdated man and his gang of orphan kids as depicted in Charles Dickens’ Oliver.

One other complained of somebody pushing in entrance of them in a queue whereas another person stated that they had witnessed a pigeon steal a mayonnaise sachet from an aged couple on a park bench.

Tony Blair’s former communications chief, Alastair Campbell, joined in. He tweeted: “Busker within the Tube admitted he did not declare all his earnings to the taxman.”

Different responses included:

:: Somebody made eye contact with me on the Tube as soon as. The wrongdoer remains to be at giant, regardless of a large police operation

:: As soon as on the Northern Line in Clapham a small group of individuals spontaneously sung a Christmas music – council and police didn’t situation ASBOs to any offenders

:: A charlatan did not have his Oyster card prepared this morning earlier than attending to the entrance of the underground queue. Audible tutting ensued

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