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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

October 15, 2009: London Crime Stays At 10 Year Low

New figures show crime in London at its lowest level in 10 years, with further reductions since last year. Statistics for the first six months of this financial year show that overall crime has fallen by a further 1.2% compared to the same period last year, equating in real terms to over 5,000 fewer victims of crime. This drop follows a reduction by 18,621 total offences (2.2%) over the course of the financial year 2008-09.

The most significant reductions have been in homicide, with around a third fewer deaths this year so far than at the same point last year, representing the lowest murder rate in at least 10 years.

Youth violence and knife crime both continue to fall. 487 fewer young people have been victims of violence since April (a reduction of 4.5% on the same period last year), while incidents involving blades are down by 303 offences (4.7%), a further drop that follows a significant reduction of 13.3% (1,882 offences) last year.

According to Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens:

“Overall, crime in London continues to fall, which is good news for Londoners. Reductions in knife crime, youth violence and homicide in particular represent continuing success in these areas on top of significant reductions last year."

“However, we are not complacent. There are areas that remain a challenge, and we continue to tackle those challenges head on.”

There remain areas of concern which the Met Police continue to focus their operational efforts on. The first six months of this financial year has seen a rise in residential burglary of 2,617 offences (9.8%) compared to the same period last year. Gun crime has risen by 252 offences (17.0%) over the six-month period. Rape is up by 233 offences (20.2%).