Levels of violent crime have risen sharply, recent statistics have confirmed.
Offences including murder, rape and gun crime have all increased in the year to September 2015.
There is some debate about the underlying reasons for the rise, which has caused consternation in many communities.
Some suspect that improvements in police recording techniques are the reason for the spike in the number of incidents being logged.
Others have laid the blame at the door of police budget cuts, arguing that there are fewer officers available to patrol the streets.
Only this week, HM Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) claimed that forces were “sleepwalking” into a model of policing which left them isolated from their communities and spending increasingly less time “on the beat.”
Perhaps even more troubling is the evidence which suggests that gangs are becoming more ruthless in their attempts to maintain control of their territory, which in turn leads to a greater number of offences.
Andy Simon, a former detective, said: “The youngsters are more likely to carry knives and to resort more quickly to violence.”
The data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the number of murders had increased by 14 per cent, largely as a result of increased violence in inner city areas.
Knife crime was up nine per cent and offences involving firearms rose by four per cent.
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