Letter: Muggings by blacks in London, attacks on blacks in Bristol

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Sir: Whatever the usefulness of crime statistics, it must always be remembered that crimes against black citizens are less likely to be recorded than crimes allegedly committed by them.

When I lived in Bristol years ago, Asian friends of mine suffered regular harassment from a pair of white-skinned villains who used to come round collecting "for the hospital".

At first conned, afterwards terrified, my friends usually paid up. I begged them to report all this to the police, but they said no, these men had told them they knew which route their young daughter took to and from school. They cannot have been the only such victims.

Yours faithfully,

Janet Barlow



9 July