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STOP-and-searches have cut Lon­don’s mur­der rate by a quar­ter in a year, the UK’s top po­lice of­fi­cer said yes­ter­day.

Scot­land Yard Com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick cred­ited a 30 per cent in­crease in stop-and-searches – to 172,000 – for a drop in vi­o­lent crime.

Killings are down by a quar­ter and injuries from stab­bings among the un­der-25s are down by 15 per cent.

The Met recorded 122 homi­cides, with 32 fewer vic­tims than the pre­vi­ous pe­riod, not in­clud­ing nine killed in ter­ror­ist at­tacks in 2017. Knife injuries to teens were down 15 per cent over same pe­riod from 2,079 to 1,768.

Knife crime with in­jury for all ages was down by 10 per cent, gun crime fell by 6.8 per cent, moped-en­abled crime halved and acid at­tacks dropped by 30 per cent.

But re­tired po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Leroy Lo­gan, who helps knife vic­tims, said mur­ders and fa­tal stab­bings were still too high, adding: ‘The Met are nowhere near get­ting a grip on this.’

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