London gang crime down while violent offences increase

Last year, just one in every 500 violent crimes recorded by the Met Police was tagged as gang-related.

Gangs have been found to be responsible for 15% of London’s murders since 2010.

Simon Harding, an expert on gangs at the University of West London, said he believed the Met’s definition of gang crime was insufficient.

“The new figures do not match what I’m seeing in Accident and Emergency departments, or on the street,” the criminologist said. More