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Violent crime in Bromley up by 10%

PUBLISHED: 15:22 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 26 July 2016

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Figures show recorded crimes are up across the borough

Bromley has witnessed a ten per cent rise in violent crime and a 13 per cent climb in possession of weapons offences.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of incidents of violence against the person rose from 4,821 in 2015 to 5,309 in 2016, as part of a four per cent hike in total recorded crime across the borough.

However, the rise was smaller than that recorded by the Metropolitan Police (14 per cent) and by police forces across England and Wales (27 per cent).

Meanwhile, the number of possession of weapons offences recorded by police climbed from 92 to 104 - a slightly steeper increase than for Greater London as a whole (11 per cent), but a smaller rise than for England and Wales (16 per cent).

There were also rises in non-domestic burglaries (11 per cent), shoplifting (7 per cent) and public order offences (16 per cent).

The number of recorded crimes fell across several categories, including robbery, bicycle theft and drug offences.

Bromley borough commander Chris Hafford commented: “We have achieved some fantastic results and reductions in certain crime types - namely robbery and burglary, and we are determined to maintain these downward trends and improve upon them.

“We will continue to keep our focus on areas that have seen a rise in recorded offences, such as violence related offences. We have worked with Bromley Council, the Street Pastors and other stakeholders in Beckenham to combat alcohol-related crime, including assaults and we have had an impact with this.

“We will continue to target offenders, support victims and work more closely with our communities. I am confident that we will continue to reduce crime and keep Bromley one of the safest boroughs in London.”

The Metropolitan Police attributed a London-wide rise in violent crime to ‘changes and improvements in crime recording’, and said that the rise in recorded sexual offences was partly a result of Operation Yewtree giving victims greater confidence to come forward.

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