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Criminals Of The Week


Over the last few weeks I have been shining the spotlight on the derring-do of our older generation, mainly to proffer hope to all that the irresistible progress of time doesn’t necessarily equate to the dimming of the flame.

But I read a disturbing story this week about a crime wave in Japan. The National Police Agency has started to publish age-related crime data and what has emerged is that the old Bill has taken action against 23,000 people over the age of 65 in the first half of 2015 whereas fewer than 20,000 teenagers had their collars felt in the same period.

Although crime rates generally are falling in the land of the rising sun, the number of crimes committed by the over-65s has risen by 10% over the same period last year. The South Koreans have reported the same phenomenon.

Of course, there are a number of ways of looking at this news. Either there really is a booming crime-wave amongst delinquent pensioners or, as I mentioned a little while ago, some crimes require skills only resident in the older criminal fraternity or they just can’t flee the scene of the crime as quickly as their younger counterparts.

Next time you see a pensioner coming at you in their wheelchair with a fixed and determined look, watch out. You have been warned!


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