A rise in young people carrying mobile phones and MP3 players is being blamed for street robberies and muggings jumping by 8% last year.
So young people are using mobile phones and MP3 players to rob people? Hmm. That introduction doesn’t make much sense. Let’s read on:
The latest crime figures include a 10% rise in gunpoint robberies.
"This is largely driven by a rise in the numbers of young people carrying expensive goods, such as mobile phones and MP3 players," he said.
Ahh, I see. So the real reason for the 8% jump in robberies and muggings is more armed thugs with guns. Which, in turn, is caused by ridiculously lax policing, a populace that’s been disarmed and forbidden to own guns, and laws that are just as likely to prosecute the victim if they use a weapon to defend themselves.
But fixing those laws and admitting that their gun control policies doesn’t work is really hard, and also kind of embarassing for the BBC since they’ve advocated those policies for decades. So instead we’ll write our story to blame the robbery victims for daring to be so bold as to carry "expensive" things like mobile phones and MP3 players while walking around in public. Stupid victims!