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Scotland Yard today pledged to put hundreds more officers on the beat as new figures showed a surge in offences of murder, knife crime, violence and muggings in London.

Figures released by the Met show there were 827,225 offences in the capital in the 12 months to the end of March, a 6.4 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

There were sharp increases in the number of homicides, up 44 per cent, knife crime offences, up 21 per cent, and violent robberies, up 36 per cent.

Police said there were 157 homicides in the last 12 months — including eight deaths in London’s terror attacks — compared with 109 in the previous period. Senior officers say the increase in the murder rate is a real concern.

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, responsible for territorial policing, said part of the increase was due to “greater levels of violence being used by individuals, often involving groups of multiple offenders”.

Overall the number of violent offences rose by five per cent while knife crime offences jumped by 21.2 per cent — 12,115 to 14,680 offences.

The number of stabbings also rose by 5.7 per cent, from 4,446 to 4,700 offences, but police insisted the number involving young people under the age of 25 had “stabilised” with offences increasing by three per cent compared with a 24 per cent increase for the same period last year

There were 30,609 violent muggings in the last 12 months, a rise of 36 per cent and the equivalent of 83 a day.

The number of thefts from the person — many phone snatches — leapt by 25 per cent, up from 38,013 to 47,587.

However, the Met claimed to have stemmed the rise in moped robberies In April 2017, there were 1,512 scooter, moped and motorcycle thefts — or 50 offences a day. In March 2018 the number had halved to 756.

While gun crime was down 4.6 per cent, shootings rose by 23.3 per cent — up 313 to 386 offences.

There was also a rise in the number of sexual offences, up 11 per cent, with the number of rapes rising by 18 per cent. There were 7,707 reported rapes in London in the last 12 months.

The total of burglaries in homes and businesses also rose by 11 per cent.

Mr Hewitt said the force was targeting violent crime “with hundreds more officers on visible patrols in affected communities”

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