Priti Patel: Stop recording crimes by trans women in female stats

‘Trans criminals are not women’: Home Secretary Priti Patel orders ‘woke’ police forces to stop recording offences as female crime statistics

  • Home Office officials are working with police to make records more accurate
  • The ban follows cases where violent and sexual offences by men who call themselves female were recorded as being committed by women
  • The change was revealed in an official response to feminist campaigners 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered ‘woke’ police forces to stop recording offences by trans women in female crime statistics.

Home Office officials are working with police forces on a new procedure for officers to record the sex of criminals to ensure crime statistics are ‘more accurate’.

The ban follows cases where violent and sexual offences by men who call themselves female were recorded as being committed by women, prompting concerns that the practice is warping official data.

Priti Patel has set the ban on police forces which stops them recording offences, committed by trans women, in female crime statistics

Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday highlighted the case of Zoe Watts, who was jailed for a string of offences including building an improvised bomb.

Watts was born male but identifies as a woman.

Lincolnshire Police recorded the crimes as being committed by a woman, meaning they will appear in national female crime figures.

But research suggests that statistics on traditionally male crimes such as rape are being skewed because of current practice.

Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday highlighted the case of Zoe Watts, who was jailed for a string of offences including building an improvised bomb – but Lincolnshire Police recorded the crimes as being committed by a woman, even though Watts was born male (and identifies as a woman)

In law, only a male can commit rape, but analysis by Professor Alice Sullivan of University College London shows that between 2012 and 2018, a total of 436 people prosecuted for rape were recorded as women.

The Home Office confirmed that police forces are to be given new instructions on recording the sex of criminals more accurately.

The change was revealed in an official response to feminist campaigners calling for an overhaul of the rules.

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