Newspapers reported that muggings in London went up by 20% while Bush was in town, as thousands of policemen were pulled out from normal policing duties to be part of an unprecedented security operation.

Muggings on London's streets in the days before and after Bush's visit stood at around 150 a day but rose to 180 when the president was in the capital, The Times and The Daily Telegraph said, citing police figures.

London's Metropolitan Police was forced into almost tripling the number of officers on duty during the two-and-a-half days Bush spent in the capital to 14,000.

The newspapers added that police chiefs expect problems to persist in the coming weeks as officers catch up with lost days due to having worked extended shifts during Bush's visit.

Bush also spent half a day in northeastern England visiting Blair's constituency, costing Britain's taxpayers an estimated £1 million.