Met Police say they are concerned with a sharp rise in gun and knife crime offences following the publishing of its 2016/17 end of year crime stats.

Figures released also reveal a rise in robberies and thefts in the capital, with overall crime rates also on the up.

Westminster received the most crime reports in the city, topping the 50,000 mark, with every west London borough registering a year-on-year increase.

Both Brent and Ealing approached 30,000 offences, which is more than double the crime count in Harrow, which had less than 14,000.

The Scotland Yard figures showed gun crime rose by 42% and knife crime by 24% year-on-year 2016/17.

There were a total of 774,737 crimes reported between April 2016 and March 2017, a 4.5% increase on the previous year’s stat, which stood at 740,993.

Borough Offences 2015/16 Offences 2016/17
Brent

26,135

27,902

Ealing

27,043

28,312

Hammersmith and Fulham

20,515

20,995

Harrow

13,181

13,630

Hillingdon

21,980

23,375

Hounslow

21,936

23,295

Kensington and Chelsea

19,665

20,363

Westminster

49,214

51,103

Burglaries in private dwellings fell a smidgen, but hate crimes rose.

Met Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt placed the rising crime stats in the context of budget squeezes, but insisted London was one of the world's safest cities.

The figures showing the rise come in the same week Abdullahi Tarabi was killed in a knife attack in Northolt.

The 19-year-old was found with stab wounds in Newnham Close on Tuesday (April 11) and died in hospital later that day.

Addressing the figures, Mr Hewitt insisted London remained of the “safest global cities in the world”.

But he added: “Similar to the rest of England and Wales, crime rates in London are rising.

“But many of these are still at a much lower level than five years ago and are against the backdrop of significant reductions in resources.”

Abdullahi Tarabi died from knife injuries sustained in a knife attack in Northolt

Mr Hewitt also outlined a “phenomenon” of young people feeling the need to carry a knife to feel safe, adding: “Young people carrying knives are doing so for a variety of reasons including status, criminality and self-protection but only around a quarter are affiliated with gangs.

“There is a phenomenon of people feeling that you need to carry a knife to be safe.”

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