The number of people knifed to death in England and Wales hits 76-year record high, ONS reveals
- Number killed with knife in England and Wales highest on record for 76 years
- Around four in 10 homicides were committed using a knife or sharp instrument
- It is a 19 per cent rise compared to last year and is highest since records began
The number of people killed with a knife in England and Wales in 2021/22 was the highest on record for 76 years.
Around four in 10 homicides were committed using a knife or sharp instrument in the year to March 2022, as 282 people were killed.
This is a 19 per cent rise compared with the previous year and the highest annual total since records began in 1946, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The 2021/22 total number of homicides – murder, manslaughter and infanticide – is similar to a previous high of 281 in the 12 months to March 2018, a report published on Thursday said.
It came as homicides returned to pre-pandemic levels, with 696 victims in the latest year.
The number of people killed with a knife in England and Wales in 2021/22 was the highest on record for 76 years
This is a 23 per cent increase on the year ending March 2021, when government restrictions meant there was less social contact.
The homicide rate was 11.7 per million population, with the rate for males (16.9 per million population) more than twice that for females (6.6 per million population).
The homicide rate over the three-year period to the year ending March 2022 was 39.7 per million population for the Black ethnic group, approximately four times higher than for the White ethnic group (8.9 per million population).
The study also found that of 69 homicide victims aged 13 to 19 years, 51 were killed by a knife or sharp instrument.
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