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Gun and knife crime rockets as cops blame rise on ‘significant reductions in resources’

GUN offences soared by 42 per cent to 2,544 in ­London last year, police revealed yesterday.

Knife crimes were up 24 per cent, more than 4,000 of which saw wounding.

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Knife crimes have soared by 24 per cent[/caption]

Robberies rose by 12 per cent, sex offences by nine per cent and personal attacks by five per cent.

Total crimes rose by 4.6 per cent to 774,737.

Detection rates were down across a number of categories.

Martin Hewitt says reductions in resources has played a part in the rise in crime[/caption]

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said the crime rise was amid “significant reductions in resources”.

The Met needs to save £400million within four years on top of £600million lost since 2010.

It released the figures 24 hours after two men were stabbed to death in the capital in the space of 90 minutes.

Abdullahi Tarabi, 19, died after being chased by two attackers in Northolt, North West London. Four men were later arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 20-year-old man was then fatally attacked by a group in Mile End, East London.

19-year-old Abdullahi Tarabi died after being chased by attackers in Northolt[/caption]

The crime figures came as the Met was criticised in an annual inspection report by the police watchdog.

It said improvements were needed in its effectiveness in reducing crime and the quality of its investigations.