POLICE in New York say the city has enjoyed a day entirely free of violent crime for the first time in living memory. The city police department’s chief spokesman said Monday was the most bloodshed-free 24-hour period in recent history. Not a single murder, shooting, stabbing or other incident of violent crime was reported for a whole day, reports the BBC. Despite a July spike in homicides, the city’s murder rate is on target to hit its lowest point since 1960. Just a few months ago, residents were living through what one tabloid newspaper called the “summer of blood”. Despite the fall in homicides, statistics point to a 3% overall rise in crime.                 –WO