The Crime Of Our Lives

Mark Easton investigates the story of crime in Britain over the last 60 years.


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Many of us retain idyllic memories of Harold Macmillan's Britain of the 1950s.

But crime began to rise rapidly in the postwar years and the authorities were concerned over what new measures could be introduced to deal with the huge increase in juvenile delinquents.

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By 1964, the media had forced crime into the spotlight and politicians could no longer afford to ignore it.

Mods and rockers clashed in Clacton, the great train robbers stood trial and Britain was gripped by the Moors murders.

Against a backdrop of increasing violence and social change, the forces of law and order tried to tackle the new epidemic.


Former Home Secretary Douglas Hurd and other policy makers talk about the 1980s and the inexorable rise in crime.

Massive unemployment at the beginning of the decade created a disaffected youth ripe for the influx of heroin, a summer of riots and a changed relationship between the police and the public.


Mark Easton investigates the history of crime in Britain over the past 60 years.


After Labour lost yet another election in 1992, the party revolutionised its thinking on crime under a radical new shadow Home Secretary, Tony Blair.

Promising to be tough on crime and the causes of crime, Labour reinvented itself as the party of law and order.

Mark explores how the politics of crime control have fostered a country whose citizens are increasingly fearful of becoming victims.