Britain is in the grip of a sudden surge in violent crime, Scotland Yard warned yesterday, amid criticism of senior officers.
Following years of decline in gun and knife crime, the Metropolitan Police reported a leap in recorded offences in the capital, with gun crime rising by 42 per cent year on year and knife crime up by 24 per cent.
Sex offences, robberies and assaults also increased.
The force said the pattern was being repeated around the country and referred to “significant reductions in resources” in its official explanation of the figures.
It also blamed “increased demand” on its officers caused by issues including “child protection and mental health”.