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I suppose they think that ‘slight’ excuses them from our contempt at their cheap tabloid approach to headlines and images. They have gone up, it’s true, by one! The BBC one-year ‘trend’ is an increase from 60 to 61. The real trends, really, really, are:

Murder rate stable for six years now at around 60 per year:

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Long term murder rate now stable at less than half of that 15 years ago:

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https://www.gov.scot/publications/homicide-scotland-2018-19/

Reporting Scotland Down’s use of statistics tends to be pretty amateurish or is it a cunningly deceptive form of deception of its ageing and anxious audience? Anxious older voters vote for the status quo. BBC Scotland like the status quo.