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Sharp rise in knife and gun offences pushes 14% rise in police crime records

Guns seized by the National Crime Agency are displayed in London (Picture: PA)

Crime rose 14% in the last year with sharp rises in gun and knife offences, according to police figures. 

Forces in England and Wales logged a total of 5.3 million crimes in the year ending September 2017 – a increase of around a seventh compared with the previous 12 months.

The data showed the number of ‘higher-harm’ violent offences – mostly knife and gun crime – continued to rise.

The Office for National Statistics said the figures didn’t necessarily show an explosion in crime, saying much of the change could be due to better recording practices and increased confidence of… Read the full story