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Murders in the capital are up by 44% in a single year

MURDERS in London have soared by 44 per cent in a year.

There were 157 killings in 2017/18, compared with 109 the year before.

With at least 64 suspected murders in the capital since January alone, the 2018/19 toll of victims is expected to pass last year’s total if the killings continue at a similar rate.

The figures released by the London Assembly’s police and crime committee show youth killings had risen by 30 per cent — from 26 in 2016/17 to 34 in 2017/18.

Personal robbery was up from 22,479 to 30,609, a rise of 36 per cent, while burglaries rose from 43,424 to 58,050, a leap of 33 per cent.

Steve O’Connell, the committee’s chairman, said: ‘The unacceptable rise in the most heinous crimes such as murder, street robbery and burglaries is deeply troubling.

‘The mayor of London and the Met need to take urgent practical steps to address these crimes, all of which are a third up from this time last year.

‘Our committee will be asking what steps are being taken to keep Londoners safe and reverse this appalling escalation in crime.’

Nationally, the most recent data released by the Office for National Statistics showed a nine per cent rise in murders in the 2017 calendar year.

This is up by 54 to a total of 653, when cases linked to last year’s terror attacks were excluded.

In the category of ‘violence against the person’, there were 1.3million crimes logged nationally, an increase of 20 per cent. Police forces recorded 39,598 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in 2017, a 22 per cent increase compared with the previous year, and the highest number registered since comparable records started in 2010.

Firearms-related offences rose by 11 per cent to give a total of 6,604 recorded crimes.