The Government’s new crime-mapping website has attracted 300,000 hits a minute, leaving millions frustrated as the site crashed within hours of being launched.
Up to 18 million hits an hour froze the site, which was designed to give people the information they need to hold their local police to account.
The Home Office blamed “temporary” problems with the site at www.police.uk, adding it was delighted with the “extremely high demand”.
Writing on Twitter, the Home Office said: “Most popular gov website ever? Demand for new crime maps at around 300k a minute, equivalent to 18m hits an hr. Working hard to make sure everyone can access.”