BBC Scotland frightening pensioners based on ‘anecdotal evidence’
Six times, early this morning on BBC Breakfast’s wee Scottish insert, Scotland’s pensioners, including me, heard:
‘Crime gangs rely on vulnerable people to develop their businesses.’
On the BBC Scotland website we read:
‘[O]rganised crime is now about preying on the vulnerable, “helping” when there are welfare and benefits shortfalls.’
And in the Herald, David Leask seemed able to be more specific with a view, presumably, to alerting his typical reader:
‘GANGSTERS are preying on the financial fears of pensioners to take over their homes for drug dealing and racketeering, a major new report has discovered.’
I’m not, in any way, trying to diminish the suffering touched on here but these reports fail to tell us what we need, as citizens, to be able to evaluate the situation. Is this a large-scale problem? How many pensioners have been affected? How serious are the offenses? Is this a growing problem?
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