Number of police recorded homicide offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2016/17*

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Recorded homicide offences

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This statistic shows the amount of police recorded homicide offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2016/17. For the majority of this period the number of homicides has decreased, however in 2016/17 the number of homicides increased to 723. By comparison the number of attempted murders has been fluctuating between that time, with the highest number recorded in 2005/06 at 920.
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July 2017
England, Wales
Survey time period
April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2017
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* 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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