BURGLARIES have risen in London despite a fall in overall crime and a decline in some of the most serious violent offences. Metropolitan Police figures released today show there were an extra 1,052 home break-ins during the 12 months to the end of June. The 1.8 per cent rise -- to a total of 60,490 domestic burglaries -- means the capital has followed the national trend of a rise in break-ins since the start of the recession. There was a 4.4 per cent rise in burglaries at businesses, schools and other non-residential buildings, with 34,854 crimes. The figures took the gloss off statistics that were welcome news for Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson. They show an 8.2 per cent drop in knife crime, an 8.8 per cent decline in youth violence and a 6.2 per cent fall in robberies. There was also a 1.4 per cent drop in overall crime --11,924 fewer offences -- and in the most serious violent incidents. Deputy assistant commissioner Rod Jarman said the Met was pleased with the fall in youth and knife violence but added the rise in burglary was a concern. He said: It is significantly worrying. An increase is something that we take very seriously. London Lite Thursday, 16 July 2009 as 40 die in a year, watchdog calls for new controls Police chase crash deaths soar by 66% Break-in rise spoils Metscrimefigures The Standard Chartered Great City Race, in aid of Seeing Is Believing, kicks off at 7.15pm from City Road, where teams will run a 5km circuit through the City. We need as many supporters as possible to come and cheer on our very own team from London Lite. Go Team! See cityrace.co.uk Must... cheer on Lite in the City Race tonight! hatton Kod by food poisoning BOXeR Ricky hatton has been admitted to hospital with severe food poisoning. The 30-year-old former world light-welterweight champion had been due to appear with Frank Bruno at a theatre show in hertfordshire tonight. thought that really counts The thought of knowing you could be receiving a present could be better than actually getting it, according to a new US study. And the sooner we know what the treat will be, the better -- as the knowledge releases dopamine. Death crash: Car involved in a fatal chase in the East End last year n THE mother of a motorcyclist killed during a pursuit at more than 124mph has called for an overhaul of police chase guidelines. Lexy Williams, 24, below, died when he crashed in 2007 as he was being trailed by officers who wrongly believed he was riding a stolen motorbike. Kim Williams, 48, from Southgate, said: It comes down to the justification and the safety. Without air support there is little chance of catching up with a motorbike unless they run out of petrol or crash. Pleased: Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson THE number of people killed in crashes involving police chases has leapt by 66 per cent, according to figures which will raise fresh concerns about policing tactics. Statistics released today by the Inde pendent Police Complaints Commission reveal there were 40 fatalities in traffic accidents during police chases in the 12 months to the end of April this year -- compared to 24 the previous year. There was also a sharp rise in the number of incidents leading to a fatality, with 33 in the latest annual figures but just 18 a year earlier, in a further indica- tion of the growing danger resulting from pursuits. The biggest cause of the higher national death toll was a rise in fatalities outside the capital , but in London, fatali- ties during Met chases were also up from four in 2007/8 to six in the last financial year -- a 50 per cent increase. The new figures are likely to prompt criticism from those who argue that the police sometimes pay insufficient attention to public safety when carrying out pursuits or when deciding whether a chase is necessary. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is conducting investigations into many of the crashes and today said changes were needed to reduce the risk of future fatalities. These included giving local control rooms a stronger role in deciding when police pursuits should take place -- and how they were conducted -- and swifter assessments of likely danger to the public, police officers and suspects being chased. The commission also called for police motorcycle chases to be stopped other than in exceptional cases such as the need to chase a serious criminal. It expressed further concern that forces were using different approaches towards how and when pursuits were conducted and said it now wanted to see national guidelines, prepared by the Association Of Chief Police Officers. Other figures in the IPCCs annual report show deaths in police custody fell to 15 last year, compared to 22 in 2007/8. by mark blunden index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html