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Homicide rate in the UK 2003-2020

There were 12.1 homicides for every million people in the United Kingdom in 2019/20, an increase on the previous year when it was 11.6. During 2019/20 the homicide rate was highest in England and Wales, with Scotland and Northern Ireland having lower homicide rates than the UK as a whole.

Homicide rate 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, 2000 to March 31, 2020

Age group

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

Data from the UK's mid-year population estimate was also used and available at the Office of National Statistics.

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