Falling charging rates and fewer bobbies on the beat is contributing to a rise in serious violence, an internal Home Office report has admitted. The document, released after an 18-month freedom of information battle, reveals that Home Office analysts believe the plummeting detection rates and cuts in “proactive policing” led to increases of more than 20 per cent in robberies, gun and knife crime. The report was written nearly two years ago when ministers were denying any link between the rise in knife and violent crime to near-record levels and cuts in budgets which saw more than 20,000 police officers axed. The Home Office refused to release after a partial leak of its findings in April 2019 despite being recommended to do so by the Information Commissioner. And there was no reference to these conclusions when the Government unveiled its strategy to combat serious violence. Now, however, after a 18-month legal fight it has been released to former BBC journalist Danny Shaw, revealing the full assessment of the “drivers” behind serious violence in England and Wales.