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Met and City of London police 'good' at preventing crime, says inspectorate

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The City of London and Metropolitan Police Service have both been found to be good at reducing and preventing crime in the annual report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

But inspectors have warned over the use of outdated methods of investigation in tackling crime in the modern world.

Although performing well in many respects, the police are falling behind the curve of rapidly changing criminality, policing the crimes of today with the methods of yesterday and insufficiently prepared for the crimes of the future.

– Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary

Demand for children going into care increasing

Baby Peter died in 2007 at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend. Credit: Family Photo

A report by the National Audit Office has found that media stories on the death of Baby Peter led to a rapid rise in the number of children being taken into care.

Coverage following the toddler's death at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend is thought to be one of the main factors contributing to the numbers of children in care reaching their highest level for 20 years.

The report found that the demand for care is increasing and varies significantly across England. More than 68,000 children were being looked after by local authorities at the end of March 2013.

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Woman attacked with knife while tackling prostitution

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking a woman in the street while she worked on an initiative to tackle prostitution.

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Police were called to Ilford in east London, at around 10.45pm last night. They found a man armed with a knife. An officer fired a Taser before he was detained. A bag of weapons was recovered nearby.

The victim, 45, suffered knife wounds to her head and back. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

She was in the area as part of an ongoing joint partnership initiative to tackle on-street prostitution that involves the police, local authority and the charities who work with sex workers.

– Met Police

No one else was hurt. A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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