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Number of homicide offences in the UK 2002-2020

How many homicides are there in the UK?

There were 809 homicides recorded in the United Kingdom in 2019/20, an increase of 40 when compared with the previous reporting year, when there were 769 homicides. Between 2002/03 and 2013/14 the number of homicides in the UK halved from over 1.2 thousand to just over 600. 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 the UK, which includes all offences classed as murder, manslaughter of infanticide. Homicides involving a sharp instrument were involved in over 259 incidents in 2018/19, a slight decrease from the previous year. 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 14.5 per million people in 2018/19, second 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 recorded in the United Kingdom from 2002/03 to 2019/20

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Release date

October 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

Statistic calculated from the data provided in individual country reports available at the following reports.

Crime in England and Wales from the Office of National Statistics

Homicide in Scotland from the Scottish Government

Police Recorded Crime in Northern Ireland from PSNI

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