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08/07/04
Police Scratch Heads at Crime Rise
- Met is 'perplexed' at shock figures

LONDON police have reacted with amazement to new figures that show a 37 per cent rise in violent crime in the capital.

"We live and work in London and we get vibes. This is not what we have seen," said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve House. "We are genuinely perplexed."

The figures come from the British Crime Survey, which is an opinion poll method of calculating crime figures. According to this survey, London's problems with violent crime are in stark contrast to the rest of the country, which posted a drop of three per cent over the same April 2003-April 2004 period.

The police's own figures show a much smaler increase in crime, of only two per cent, but the government and many experts favour the BCS as it captures crime that is not reported to the police.




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