Police are hiding crimes including kidnap and rape to try to dupe the public into thinking Scarborough is safer than it is.

That’s the scathing view of the former chairman of a police watchdog, after The Scarborough News unearthed scores of crimes the force didn’t want you to know about.

In the space of just one week, drugs were trafficked and a small girl raped and police dealt with dozens of violent attacks and burglaries.

Reported by Scarborough News. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.