Claims in a television documentary that a Leeds neighbourhood has the worst burglary figures in the country have been angrily refuted.
Channel 4’s Cutting Edge programme Burgled – aired last month – labelled Bramley “the UK’s worst burglary blackspot”.
It came after a comparison website said in January that the LS13 postcode had more insurance claims for burglary than anywhere else in the country.
But Bramley and Stanningley councillor Caroline Gruen has hit back, saying the documentary’s claim was “false” – and demanding an apology from Channel 4 executives.
She said: “It caught many local residents by surprise and of course has caused lots of anxiety amongst lots of people worrying about their properties and belongings and it’s time we said that enough is enough.
“We have worked so hard with the neighbourhood policing team to dramatically reduce burglary and to publicise this with local residents to give them the confidence not to live in fear of crime.
“It is therefore so upsetting for Channel 4 to ruin all the great work by broadcasting the false claim without checking the actual crime data first.”
Figures from April in fact show that Bramley and Stanningley had lower burglary rates than 12 of the other 32 Leeds council wards for the previous year and had seen figures fall 58 per cent.
A Channel 4 spokeswoman defended the “blackspot” claim. She said: “The comment was based on a widely reported annual survey which, as far as we are aware, is the only collective national data on burglary which compares individual postcodes in the UK rather than cities as a whole over a sustained period of time.”