Ministers have been accused of failing to combat street crime after it was disclosed that robbery levels have increased for the seventh consecutive time.
The number of robberies recorded by police jumped 8% to 26,600 in the final quarter of last year. The figure had fallen to as low as 21,200 at the end of 2004.
It was the seventh quarter in a row to show a period-on-period increase, and the first time robbery levels had topped 26,000 since April-June 2003.
Total violent crime in England and Wales was down 1%, but drugs offences rose 3%.
The British Crime Survey (BCS), which questions tens of thousands of people about their experiences of crime, also found more people were concerned about anti-social behaviour.
Robberies up in new crime figures