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Sharp rise in possession of weapons offences in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 13:59 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:59 22 July 2016

New Scotland Yard in central London.

New Scotland Yard in central London.

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Figures show an increase in recorded crime in the borough

The number of possession of weapons offences recorded in Bexley has risen by 40 per cent on last year’s figures, according to the latest data.

There was a jump from 50 offences in the borough in 2015 to 70 offences in 2016, the figures from the Offfice for National Statistics reveal.

The rise is significantly steeper than the 16 per cent climb for England and Wales as a whole and the 11 per cent hike for the London metropolitan area.

Overall, Bexley saw a three per cent rise in recorded crime on last year, which included a 12 per cent climb in violence against the person, a seven-per-cent hike in sexual offences and a 77 per cent rise in miscellaneous crimes against society.

However, there were falls in the number of other offences, including burglaries, which dropped by 22 per cent to 1,096 recorded incidents in 2016.

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.

Assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt, territorial policing, said: “London is a major city with diverse policing needs and I’m proud to say it is also one of the safest global cities. Having said that the Metropolitan Police Service will never be complacent and will always look for ways to better serve our citizens and prevent crime.

“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 and personal thefts where no violence has been used. We will continue to target offenders, support victims and work more closely with our communities.”

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