Assaults and drugs trafficking among 202 crimes in and around Parliament within a year

Assault, controlled drug trafficking and aggravated assault are among the 202 crimes recorded in or around the Parliament seat within a year, figures have shown.

The data, made available to The Sun newspaper under the Freedom of Information Acts (FOI) and viewed by the PA News Agency, showed the number of crimes recorded either on, outside, opposite or near parliament buildings.

Metropolitan Police said the numbers would be checked to more accurately reflect crimes that definitely took place within the property, as there was no standard way to identify where they happened.

But the original FOI response, using geocoded crime data, detailed 36 attacks, the vast majority of which, 25 crimes, were directed against police officers.

25 thefts were registered, divided into thefts of the person, bicycle theft, vehicle theft and “other thefts”.

There were also 52 cases where letters were sent with the intent to cause stress or anxiety.

The application covered the period from April 1, 2020 to March 21, 2021, with many of the roughly 3,000 passport holders who work in Parliament’s headquarters working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A speaker told The Sun, “The safety of Members, their staff and the parliamentary community is an absolute priority.

“We work closely with the police to ensure that members and staff are safe and able to do their jobs.”

Other crimes recorded by the police include four reports of violent rioting, two possessions of items with a blade or point, two cases of possession of other weapons, and one crime related to stalking.

Eight cases of cannabis possession and another five cases of possession of other unspecified drugs and two cases of controlled drug trafficking were recorded.

In response, a Metropolitan Police map showed the numbers covered a number of buildings used for parliamentary business, including the Palace of Westminster and Portcullis House, which is home to many MPs.

Police said the buildings of the House of Parliament were spread over about 0.08 square miles and, although their data extraction method was mostly correct, some of the crimes recorded in their response “may have occurred somewhere on public thoroughfares, such as a tourist taking pictures” . of Big Ben and that some of their belongings are stolen from their backpack “.

They added that it is possible that the crimes were recorded at the “closest landmark” and “may not have anything to do with that particular building location” and as being outside, across or near the location where they took place, can be classified it was recorded.

Police also warned the numbers could also be affected as some parliament buildings could be built on public thoroughfares, such as Portcullis House above Westminster tube station.

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