Commenting on these figures, Paul Holmes says:
A total of 181 people aged over 65 were successfully pursued through the courts for violent attacks in 2007, up from 101 ten years earlier.
Their offences ranged from murder and attempted murder to more minor crimes such as common assault.
He may well be right, but could it be that, as with the furries, Monty Python was ahead of the game?
"It seems that the Government’s obsession with criminalising people does not stop at the elderly.
“Labour's target-driven, box-ticking approach to policing, where minor misdemeanours are treated the same as convictions for murder or rape, has led to mass criminalisation.
“I find it more likely that this increase is down to a government which has created a new crime for every day in office, rather than pensioners being twice as violent as ten years ago."
Thanks to Steve Beasant.