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Police claim criminal offences fell by 6.2%

Metropolitan Police said there was a 6.2% fall in the number of criminal offences in the Capital in the last financial year.

The Met has reported a reduction in the number of crimes committed in the last financial year. Credit: PA Wire

Latest crime figures released showed that there was 46,000 fewer crimes committed during the financial year 2013/14.

Police cited a series of "proactive measures" including joint operations across the Met to target specific areas of crime as key factors in the reduction.

Assistant Commissioner Simon Bryne said the public would be reassured by the success and the Met's commitment to making London safer.

Axe-wielding robbers attempt to raid watch shop

Police have released CCTV pictures of the attempted robbery. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Armed robbers tried to smash their way into a watch shop in New Bond Street on Monday.

Scotland Yard said the attempted raid took place at Watches of Switzerland at around 11:05am.

Six men riding on mopeds targeted the shop. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Six men on three mopeds rode towards the store, rammed the door and hit it with a sledgehammer and an axe.

One of the gag sprayed people with a noxious liquid, believed to be ammonia, injuring a security guard. It's also believed that one of them was carrying a handgun.

The attempted raid took place in broad daylight. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Staff managed to operate security shutters and, although the gang left empty-handed, damage estimated at several thousand pounds was caused and the security guard remains in hospital. His injuries are potentially life-changing.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

The gang was armed with an axe, a handgun and a sledgehammer. Credit: Metropolitan Police.


Police investigate the death of a man in South Norwood.

Police are investigating the death of a 37 year-old man this morning in an alleyway off Station Road, South Norwood. The man was found on his own, seriously injured, and was taken to Kings College Hospital, where he later died.

Police believe they know the identity of the man, however he is yet to be formally identified. The death is being treated as suspicious. Police are still trying to determine the motive for the attack.

Watch and bible owned by Kray twins up for auction.

Watch owned by Kray twins. Credit: JP Humbert Auctioneers/PA Wire

Two items belonging to the infamous gangsters the Kray twins will go under the hammer at auction next week. A wristwatch and a bible previously owned by Ronnie Kray and later passed to Reggie Kray are expected to fetch hundreds of pounds.

The bible includes three bookmarks which have been left in their original places. Also up for auction is a painting by one of the UK's most notorious prisioners Charles Bronson which was given to Reggie while in jail.

Witnesses sought after elderly woman sexually assaulted at bus stop

Police are seeking witnesses to the sexual assault of an elderly woman at a bus stop in Haringey. The 79 year old was waiting at a bus stop on Fortis Green on the 1st of March at 10:30am when she was attacked.

As the assault took place the victim's bus, the 102, arrived and she boarded, while the attacker stayed behind. Police are looking for a black man around 30 years old, wearing a dark coat, light blue jeans and a hood or hat.


London dominates list of areas targeted by Burglars

More than half of Britain's most burgled postcodes are in London, new figures have revealed.

Twelve London postcodes featured on the list of the top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK.

ITV News' Ruth Banks reports from one of the areas deemed most at risk in South London and finds out what you can do to protect your property:

London burglary hotspots are still 'nice places to live'

London's burglary hotspots are not unpleasant places to live despite the statistics, the company behind the findings has said.

London dominates the list with 12 postcodes in the top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK.

Residential streets in Muswell Hill, N10 - third on the list Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

"While the M21 postal district in Manchester is the country's most notorious burglary claim hotspot, it is London that dominates the top 20 rankings," Kevin Pratt from said.

"But just because somewhere is named a claim hotspot, it doesn't actually mean the area in question is not a nice place to live.

"Thieves often target areas with wealthy residents and desirable properties where the rewards are potentially greater or quieter areas where they think there is less risk of being caught red-handed."

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