Fatal stabbings in England and Wales at highest recorded level

Fatal stabbings in England and Wales at highest recorded level

Feb. 8, 2019– Mary Greeley News – The homicide rate also rose by 15 per cent in one year – the highest level in a decade, according to the data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and crimes recorded by the police.

Between March 2017 and 2018, 285 killings were carried out with a knife or sharp instrument – the highest since Home Office records began in 1946.

The rates, recorded by police, marked the fourth consecutive annual rise in homicides following a long-term decline.

The report prompted renewed calls for more police funding after government cuts led to a loss of over 22,000 officers since 2010. Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s shadow home secretary, said the data was “deeply troubling”.

“This is part of a pattern of rising violent crime, but the government remains in denial on this,” she added.

“There are many causes of rising serious crime, but government cuts have worsened them all in every area, from welfare, to schools to mental health treatment. Cuts to police funding are also a factor.”

Homicides – excluding those committed in terrorist attacks in London and Manchester or the recording of events at Hillsborough in 1989 – rose from 606 in the previous year to 695 in the year ending 2018.

When these exceptions are included, there were 726 homicides in the year ending March 2018, the highest since 2008 when 729 were recorded.

For every million people in England and Wales, there were 12 killings. More men and young people were killed than any other group. For every million men there were 17 killings, while there were eight killings for every million women.

Men were more likely than women to be killed by a friend or acquaintance – 25 per cent compared with 7 per cent of female victims.

Nick Hurd, the minister for policing and the fire service, said: “We are investing a further £220m in community early intervention projects and have made clear that all public bodies need to treat serious violence as a priority and will be consulting on making it a legal duty.

“We must also provide the police with the necessary powers to tackle violent crime, that is why we have listened to their concerns about rising demand and have proposed the biggest increase in police funding since 2010.”


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