Gun crime and homophobic crimes soar in Wandsworth, new police figures reveal
Gun crime and hate crimes have risen dramatically in Wandsworth despite a significant fall across London.
The Metropolitan Police released their annual figures on Tuesday and the data shows homophobic crime rose by 87.5 per cent (24 incidents to 45 incidents), religious hate crime increased by 41 per cent (206 to 292)and gun crime jumped by 41 per cent (68 to 96) in the borough.
Yet across London there was a significant reduction in each of these three categories.
The figures are based on a comparison of data taken in the 12 months from March 31 last year and the 12 months prior. Wandsworth also bucked the London-wide trend in terms of overall crimes committed.
While there have been 40,000 less crimes in the capital, a drop of 5.6 per cent, there have been almost 1,000 more crimes in Wandsworth, a rise of 3.8 per cent..
There were a total of 25,377 offences in Wandsworth, roughly 70 crimes per day, compared to 24,438 the previous year.
On the positive side reports of rape came down significantly, 119 to 95, a decrease of 20 per cent.
The Met's figures are broken down into 18 categories but Wandsworth only saw a reduction in four areas, murder, robbery (business), burglary (residential) and vehicle crime.
In contrast, across London, just four categories saw an increase (murder, domestic crime, anti-Semitic crime and Islamophobic crime).
The figures come against a backdrop of police station closures in Wandsworth with Jubilee House, in Putney Bridge Road, Battersea police station, in Battersea Bridge Road, and Tooting police station, in Mitcham Road, all set to shut to the public.
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