Knife crime at new highest for more than 10 years, figures show

Knife crime has risen to a record high in more than 10 years according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


There were 46,265 offences involving knives or sharp instruments since March 2019, a rise of 6% on the previous year.


The data excludes Greater Manchester Police (GMP) because of issues with their data supply following the implementation of new IT systems.


The rise is partly driven by a 7% increase in London.


Source: Office for National Statistics


ONS said overall offending experienced a “significant” reduction, which fell by 9%.


The number of cases of murder and manslaughter rose, with 683 deaths.  However, the total includes 39 deaths from people found in a lorry in Essex last October.


Excluding the Essex lorry deaths, homicides increased by 3%.


ONS has began including offences involving a corrosive substance – such as acid attacks – for the first time.  Figures show 619 offences.




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