West Midlands Police has expressed concern after latest figures show a worrying rise in the most serious kinds of violent crime in the region.
Statistics published yesterday show that crimes such as homicide, threats or conspiracy to murder and serious wounding rose by 8.4 per cent in the last quarter between April and June.
That compared to an overall drop nationally of 13 per cent.
The increase in the worst types of violent crime stood out in an otherwise positive period of crime reduction for West Midlands Police.
Overall crime fell by 7.6 per cent in the region compared to a drop of only two per cent nationally.
All violent crime dropped by four per cent in the West Midlands during the last quarter but remained constant nationally.
West Midlands police welcomed the significant fall in crime overall.
A force spokesman said: "This is good news. However, West Midland Police is concerned that in one crime category – serious violence against the person – West Midlands, according to our own recorded figures, has experienced an increase in this type of offence compared with a recorded reduction nationally.
The force said its Operation Momentum – an initiative to target a seasonal rise in crime during autumn – was already having an impact.
The force spokesman stressed the figures for the last quarter were a "statistical snapshot" and may not reflect the overall trend.