London's murder rate has soared 44% as official figures reveal the full extent of the capital's crime epidemic.
There's a sharp rise too in cases of rape, burglary and robbery have during what police "busy and challenging time". The Met Police official figures show:
- Murders up 44 per cent (109 to 157)
- Knife crime up 21 per cent (12,115 to 14,680)
- Rape up by 18 per cent (6,510 to 7,707)
- Burglary up by 11 per cent (69,528 to 77,626)
- Robbery up 35 per cent (24,202 to 32,869)
The figures compare end-of-financial-year April to March 2017/18 with April to March 2016/17
Police say the terror attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park contributed to the rise in murders.
Earlier this month Home Secretary Amber Rudd launched a strategy to tackle serious violence.
But the blueprint unveiled against a backdrop of mounting calls for action following a flurry of killings in London - was overshadowed by a fresh row over police numbers.