Thousands of wanted offenders are on the run from the Metropolitan Police. The list includes 11 wanted for murder or attempted murder, 6 for rape, 93 for serious sexual offences and hundreds for assault including causing grievous bodily harm.
The total wanted list at the end of June had 4,607 offenders. More than 1,000 people on the list are wanted for theft. It also includes 434 suspected burglars, 469 alleged fraudsters, more than 750 people wanted for assault and 132 for possessing or supplying drugs.
In addition, there are warrants out for 4,965 who have been previously charged and failed to show up at court.
The police released the figures in response to a Freedom on Information request. They also revealed the numbers for the previous 2 years.
At the end of 2013 there were 4,225 people wanted for offences who had not been arrested and 4,239 warrants had been issued for those who had failed to turn up in court after being charged. At the end of 2014 the numbers had risen to 4,717 and 5,101 respectively.
The police say that a number of suspected criminals on the wanted list may have left the country. They also point out that the numbers include warrants issued for other prosecuting agencies such as the Department for Work and Pensions and local authorities.