Homicide figures from Scotland Yard suggest that most murders in Greater London last year were committed by foreigners, according to statistics reported in the Times newspaper.
According to the report, out of 47 killings between April and September 2007, 26 of the suspects (55%) are not Britons. In 19 cases the killer is believed to be British.
At least 23 of the victims were foreign, including Somali, Brazilian, Irish and Vietnamese citizens. The accused in the London sample come from such places as Peru, China, Albania, Romania, Lithuania, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Such cases present detectives with many difficulties. For example, deep-rooted cultural problems, involving ‘honour killings’ and revenge murders from village rivalries, need to be understood.