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Police recorded homicide offences in England and Wales 2002-2018

Number of police recorded homicide offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2017/18*

Police recorded homicide offences in England and Wales 2002-2018 After declining for several years, the number of homicides in England and Wales reached a ten-year high of 736 in 2017/18. This increase can also be observed in the overall crime figures, which started to increase dramatically from 2013/14 onwards. The cuts to police funding, which led to a decline in the overall number of officers has been cited by senior police figures as the main reason for a rise in crime across the United Kingdom.
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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.
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Number of police recorded homicide offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2017/18*

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After declining for several years, the number of homicides in England and Wales reached a ten-year high of 736 in 2017/18. This increase can also be observed in the overall crime figures, which started to increase dramatically from 2013/14 onwards. The cuts to police funding, which led to a decline in the overall number of officers has been cited by senior police figures as the main reason for a rise in crime across the United Kingdom.
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.
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Release date
July 2018
Region
United Kingdom (England, Wales)
Survey time period
April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2018
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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