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In UK crime match, India beats Pak

Indians rank eighth in a list of the top 20 non-British communities engaged in crime in London, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2007 18:57 IST
Vijay Dutt

Indians ranked eighth in a list of the top 20 non-British communities engaged in crime in London, according to a recent report by the Metropolitan Police.

They committed 748 crimes in the city during the first six months of 2007, including 235 violent ones.

Pakistanis came lower down the order at number 10, with 591 offences, 177 of them violent.

The sole consolation was that India’s position fell by one rank, from seventh to eighth, compared to a similar list released for the corresponding period last year.

The table showed that a fifth of all crimes committed in London were by people of non British origin.

Poles, who have been entering the country in large numbers since Poland became a member of the European Union in 2004, headed the list with 2310 crimes, followed by Jamiacans with 1750.

The revelations may lead to increased pressure on the government to curb immigration. “Every new piece of evidence shows how damaging the government's failure to control immigration has been,” said Damian Green, Conservative Party member and shadow immigration minister.