1. ITV Report

London's murder rate surges as new stats reveal extent of crime epidemic

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

The Met continues to experience a very busy and challenging time against the backdrop of significant reductions in resources. I am very concerned about the rise in crime in the capital, particularly murder, violent crime and knife crime.

– Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Met Police

Police say the terror attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park contributed to the rise in murders.

Forensics at London Bridge

We are strengthening local policing by bringing specialist officers closer to communities, and have increased the number of neighbourhoods officers dedicated to particular areas to engage with the public and work with them to keep them safe.

– Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Met Police

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.

These statistics show once again that crime, and violent crime in particular, is rising at an unacceptably high rate across the whole of England and Wales, including London.

This is clearly a national problem that requires national solutions from the Government.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London