Killings and murders soar to highest level for TEN YEARS as police reveal a 12 per cent rise in homicides and huge spike in knife crime over the past year
- Office for National Statistics have released official police crime figures today
- It reveals 12 per cent rise in homicides and a 16 per cent increase in knife crimes
- However official statisticians said overall crime levels are now ‘stabilising’
The number of killings and knife offences in England and Wales have surged in the last year, official crime figures reveal today.
The Office for National Statistics have recorded the number of homicides has increased by 12 per cent, up from 627 last year to 701.
Police have also registed 40,147 crimes involving a knife or sharp instrument in the year to March, a 16 per cent increase from 2016/17 and the highest since 2010/11.
However official statisticians said overall crime levels are now ‘stabilising’ after decades of reductions.
In the 12 months to March, forces in England and Wales logged a total of 5.5million offences in total, a rise of a tenth compared with the previous year.
Publishing the data, the Office for National Statistics said: ‘Over recent decades, we’ve seen a fall in overall levels of crime, a trend that now looks to be stabilising.’
Caroline Youell, of the ONS, said most people do not experience crime.
She said: ‘Today’s figures show a fairly stable picture in England and Wales for most crime types.
‘It is too early to say if this is a change to the long-term declining trend.
‘There have been increases in some lower-volume ‘high-harm’ offences such as homicide and knife crime, consistent with rises over the past three years.
‘However, the latest rise in gun crime is much smaller than previously seen.
‘We have also seen continued increases in some theft offences such as vehicle-related theft and burglary, while computer viruses have fallen.’
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