Only about one in 14 crimes reported to police lead to a suspect being charged, official statistics have shown.
Covering the year up to September 2019, the Home Office figures for England and Wales mark a new low, having fallen from about one in seven in 2015.
It comes as knife crime recorded by police rose by 7% to an all-time high and robberies increased by 12%. But homicides – including murder and manslaughter – fell by 6% to 617 deaths, and fatal stabbings fell 20%.
The proportion of crimes leading to a prosecution in England and Wales has been in continuous decline since 2015, when the figures were first compiled this way.
Police apprehended two suspected Russian intelligence agents in Davos last August, a Swiss newspaper reports.
Tages-Anzeiger says the men, who had diplomatic passports, may have been preparing a spying operation targeting the World Economic Forum (WEF). It adds that the pair, one of whom was posing as a plumber, were subsequently released.
Swiss police confirmed that two Russians were “checked” in August 2019.
The Russian embassy in Bern said that the newspaper was just trying to “whip out a scandal out of nothing”.
The annual WEF gathering in Davos, which brings together leading politicians and business leaders from around the world, opened in the Swiss town earlier on Tuesday.
In a separate development, US-born financier Bill Browder, who is in Davos, told Reuters the Swiss security service had foiled a Russian operation that targeted him last year.
Iran has confirmed that two Tor-M1 surface-to-air missiles were fired at the Ukrainian airliner that crashed near Tehran earlier this month.
The Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran (CAOI) said the Russian-made missiles were launched from the north. But it added that “the impact of these missiles” was still being assessed.
Iran’s armed forces have said they fired at Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 by mistake on 8 January, killing all 176 people on board.
For the first three days after the tragedy, they denied any responsibility and the CAOI suggested there had been a technical failure. But as evidence mounted, the Revolutionary Guards’ Aerospace Force said the operator of an air defence system had mistaken the Boeing 737-800 for a US cruise missile and fired at it.