Number of homicide offences in England and Wales 2002-2019

How many homicides are registered in England and Wales?

There were 701 homicides recorded in England and Wales in 2018/19, slightly fewer than in the previous reporting year of 2017/18, when there were 728 homicides. Between 2002/03 and 2013/14 the number of homicides in England and Wales almost halved from over 1 thousand to just over 530. The recent rise in the number of homicides has occurred alongside an increase in the overall number of crimes, with police officials linking this to long-term cuts to their manpower and resources.

Links with knife crime

This statistic presents the overall number of homicides in England and Wales, which includes all offences classed as murder, manslaughter of infanticide. Homicides involving a sharp instrument were involved in over 260 incidents in 2017/18, making it the most common method of killing in England and Wales. Unsurprisingly overall knife offences have also risen in recent years, and there are worries carrying a knife has become natural to many youths across the country.

Media focus on London

The British media has naturally focused a significant amount of attention on London which had a homicide rate of 18.4 per million people in 2017/18, second only to the North West of England. Stabbings of young people across the capital are frequently in the headlines of the major UK newspapers, and are often attributed to an increasingly violent and self-confident gang culture in London.

Number of homicide offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2018/19

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Release date

July 2018


United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Homicide offences consist of murder, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and infanticide.

The homicide figure for 2002/03 includes 172 homicides attributed to Harold Shipman in previous years but coming to light in the official inquiry in 2002. The homicide figure in 2005/06 of 764 includes 52 homicide victims of the 7 July London bombings, which also accounted for approximately one-quarter of the total of 920 attempted murders.

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