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Concerns Raised Over The Upsurge In Social Tensions In The UK

There has been an upsurge in the number of protests including confrontational tactics in the past two decades signalling intensified social tensions.

There has been an upsurge in the number of protests including confrontational tactics in the past two decades signalling intensified social tensions.

The first phase of an independent policing review led by Sir Michael Barber, a former adviser to Tony Blair revealed that the number of protests involving confrontational tactics-such as blockades or occupations – increased from seven in 2000 to 126 in 2019.

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In addition to this, figures that show hate crime reported to the police has risen 144 per cent in six years which highlights an upsurge in social tensions in the UK.

A wave of protests against racial inequality which followed after the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd in the US in the hands of a brutal white police officer, prompted the independent policing review.

The chair of higher education regulator the Office for Students, Barber, said: “We welcome the promised 20,000 extra police officers and the early recruitment of them.

“We believe these additional officers are necessary, but we also know that policing will need to be provided differently to tackle the new landscape of crime and harm that we have identified in this report.

“Whereas in the past the police could deal relatively straightforwardly with bringing offenders to justice they are now presented with a variety of problems, many of which require a social rather than a criminal justice solution and most of which cannot be tackled by a single agency but require extensive collaboration.”

The review which is funded by charitable donations from the Dawes Trust, Deloitte and CGI, has shown that the police and local forces are struggling to deal with internet-enabled crimes such as fraud and cybercrime. The partly completed review will be concluded in  June in the coming year.

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Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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