Violent crime rose in virtually every corner of the country last year with some areas seeing the volume almost double in 12 months, the Daily Telegraph has found.
Out of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, all but one recorded significant increases in the number of serious incidents, with knife crime causing major concern for officers on the front line.
Annual figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that violence across England and Wales went up by 22 per cent in the 12 months to September 2016.
But analysis of the figures force by force, showed the full extent of the problem, with only one constabulary, Nottinghamshire, recording a reduction in violent offences.
The vast majority of police forces actually witnessed double digit rises in violent crime, with Northumbria posting a 95 per cent increase year on year.
Of the other forces, Durham Police recorded a 73 per cent rise; West Yorkshire was up 48 per cent; Avon and Somerset 45 per cent; Dorset 39 per cent and Warwickshire 37 per cent.
Elsewhere Humberside, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Wiltshire and Dyfed Powys all saw violence rise by more than a quarter year on year.
Following years of steady decline, Scotland Yard has recorded a worrying spike in knife and gun crimes, with a spate of fatal stabbings and shootings across the capital in recent months.
The Metropolitan Police said gun crime had risen by 42 per cent year on year with 2,544 recorded offences, while knife crime was up almost a quarter with more than 4,000 offences.
Sex offences, robberies and assaults have also increased significantly across London in the last 12 months, but senior officers have stressed that the pattern is not unique to the capital and is being replicated across the country.
Police leaders have consistently warned the government that proposed cuts to force budgets threaten to undermine the fight against violent crime but the Government has insisted on driving through cost cutting reforms.
Earlier this year the then Met Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warned that the police would be forced to start introducing NHS style rationing in the future unless budgets were protected.
But despite the warnings, the government has suggested that rises in official police figures simply reflects improvements in the way forces now collect their data.
A Home Office spokesman said the statistics contained in the Crime Survey of England and Wales - which asks people about their personal experiences, even if they have not reported offences to the police - provided a more accuerate picture and suggested that violent crime was actually at a record low.
The spokesman said: "Police reform is working with the latest ONS figures showing crimes traditionally measured by the (British Crime) Survey have fallen by a third since 2010 to a record low, with over 370,000 fewer violent crimes a year."
The spokesman added: "We know there is more to be done. We will continue to work with the police, retailers and voluntary groups to tackle knife crime and ensure support is available for victims of gang violence and exploitation."