Half of All Robberies Take Place Here

Crime figures show around half of all robberies in the last year - including the theft of smartphones, bags and cash - took place in London

There's been a 13% increase in robberies across the MET Police area compared to four per cent across England and Wales.

Knife point robberies across England and Wales have risen by 10 per cent.

However overall the number of crimes reported to police fell by four per cent to 4.1 million in the last year, with thefts the only other category to have risen.

Chief Constable Jon Murphy, the lead for crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said: "While incidents in violence against the person overall fell, a continued cause for concern was the increase in pickpocketing, robbery, and robbery with knives.

"This has been driven by a rise in robberies of personal property and police forces will want to focus actions on tackling these offences and offering crime prevention advice."