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US News Knife crime offences hit record high

12:10  17 october  2019
12:10  17 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Knife crime offences hit a record high in England and Wales, rising 7% in the last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The statistics show police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument rose to 44,076 in the year up to June 2019.

The numbers exclude Greater Manchester Police,because the force's data is not comparable due to reporting issues.

The number of homicides recorded by police fell by 5% in the last year, from 719 to 681 offences.

There has also been a 14% decrease in homicides where a knife or sharp object was used, down to 248 offences.

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Some of the biggest increase in knife crimes was recorded in the north of England.

The ONS said this drop is mainly down to a decrease in London.

Joe Traynor, from the ONS centre for crime and justice, said: "While overall levels of violence have remained steady, the number of offences involving a knife has continued to increase across England and Wales.

"However, the number of homicides where a knife or sharp instrument was involved decreased, driven by falls in London.

"There is a mixed picture in the total number of knife crime offences across police forces with the Metropolitan Police recording little change in the last year."

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