Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Service has responded to the latest Office for National Statistics crime figures for forces in England and Wales with the following statement:
"After the last few years when we have reduced crime significantly in London, as you’ll have seen from the crime figures today, the warning lights are flashing. The number of traditional crimes is rising, including in London, and the scale of online crime and fraud is just becoming apparent.
"The Mayor of London said this week that inadequate funding will make it 'near impossible to maintain the number of police on our streets.' He’s worried. I’m worried.
"But the previous Chancellor George Osborne said in 2015 that ‘there will be real terms protection for police funding. The police protect us, and we’re going to protect the police.’
"I know people were pleased to hear that commitment, and I’m sure this government will want to honour that promise to Londoners."