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Violent crime - including rape - on the rise in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 14:43 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:00 19 April 2016

A general view of Bexleyheath shopping centre (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

A general view of Bexleyheath shopping centre (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

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Figures were released by Met Police

Crime in Bexley has grown by more than two per cent in the past year, with homicide rates more than doubling since March 2015.

Figures released by Met Police show that the number of reported crimes between March 2015 and March 2016 was 30,000 higher than the previous year.

Among the many areas of criminal activity that rose in Bexley, homicide rose from two to five.

The total number of reported violent crimes rose by more than 500, now surpassing 4,100 cases in 12 months.

Rape rose above 100 cases, while there were just under 200 cases of other sexual crime across the borough.

Racist and religious hate crime was also on the rise, though within that, homophobic crime rates dropped slightly.

Meanwhile the total number of burglaries and motor vehicle crime both dropped across Bexley, despite vehicle crime rising across the capital.

The rise in Bexley’s total crime rate is around 2.5 per cent, but in nearby Lewisham, the borough has seen a total rise in crime of more than 11 per cent.

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