LEVELS of violent crimes recorded by police have soared to the highest level in 14 years, new figures showed yesterday.
Official statistics also revealed significant increases in the number of crimes involving firearms and knives registered by forces in England and Wales in the year to June.
Police recorded just over a million offences of “violence against the person” in the period — a 24 per cent rise on the previous year and the highest number recorded in a 12-month period since the introduction of the national crime recording standard in April 2002.
Violent crime covers a wide spectrum, from abuse that results in no physical harm to murder.
Police recorded almost 30,000 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument this year, up by 9 per cent on the previous 12 months.
Offences involving firearms rose by 7 per cent to 5,244.