The FA's 99.6pc conviction rate, and other weird facts

24 August 2013

9:00 AM

24 August 2013

9:00 AM

We will remember them

A German diplomat called on Britain to commemorate but not celebrate the centenary of the Great War. Some of the events planned so far:

— Candle to be extinguished in Westminster Abbey at 11 p.m. on 4 August
— First world war paintings to be displayed on 22,000 poster sites around the country
— Memorial arch to be constructed in Folkestone, from where many soldiers left for the front
— Replicas of biplanes to be flown from Dover to St Omer
— Bus used at the front to be restored by London Transport Museum

A sense of conviction

The Football Association has been attacked for clearing just two out of 473 players brought before it on disciplinary matters in 2011, a ‘conviction’ rate of 99.6 per cent. Is there any criminal justice system with such a high rate?

England (Crown Court) 83%
US Dept of Justice 93%
Russia 99%
China 99.7%
Japan 99.8%

Stirring up apathy

Labour wants to give the vote to 16- and 17-year-olds. What was voter turnout by age in the 2010 general election?

18-24 44%
25-34 55%
35-44 66%
45-54 69%
55-64 73%
65+ 76%

Source: Ipsos-Mori

Flight risk

The partner of a Guardian journalist involved in publishing documents leaked by Edward Snowden was stopped for nine hours at Heathrow under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. How many people were stopped at ports and airports by authorities under this legislation in 2011/12?

63,902 were stopped and searched
— This equates to 0.06% of the 106 million arrivals
— Of those stopped, 2,240 were kept for more than an hour
680 were detained

In all, 206 were arrested under the Terrorism Act in 2011/12
73 were charged
— Of these, 43 were charged with terror-related offences and 30 on other offences

Source: Home Office

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