LewishamLewisham has been named not only the most violent place to live in London but also in the country.

Although there has been a substantial drop in crime over the capital as a whole there are still a few areas of London blighted by knife crime, murder and general public disorder.

Featuring swiftly after Lewisham comes Lambeth, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. London as a whole can boast the 10 most violent local authorities in Britain.

These conclusions were arrived at from the calculation of rates of homicide, weapons crime, public disorder and other factors.

Britain as a whole however is now 11 per cent less violent than in 2002.

Steve Killelea, the founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace who carried out the study, said: “The findings of the UK Peace Index show that poverty and economic opportunity are significantly associated with peace. This suggests greater emphasis needs to be placed on programmes that tackle poverty and related issues, such as access to education and economic opportunity.”