A mother and her son were killed during a police operation in the German town of Kirchheim on Friday. In addition to the two victims, a policewoman and a policeman reportedly suffered serious injuries. The circumstances of the incident are still unclear, some reports state upon the arrival of the police, the son attacked officers with a sharp object, resulting in the use of firearms. It is still unknown how the woman died.
The latest crime figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) offer a grim outlook on the state of criminal justice in England and Wales. Almost as if to head off criticism, the bulletin starts: "Over recent decades, we've seen continued falls in overall levels of crime but in the last year the trend has been more stable". Isn't that an odd way of introducing a rise in serious violent offences?