Knife crime rises in England and Wales as London murders surge

April 26, 2018

Police recording of knife crime rose by 22% in England and Wales last year while London experienced a surging murder rate, official figures show.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), police recorded 39,598 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in 2017 - up from 32,468 in the previous 12 months.

There was an 11% increases in firearms offences, with 6,604 crimes recorded last year.

The ONS said both knife and gun offences tended to be disproportionately concentrated in London and other cities.

A total of 653 murders were also recorded by police across England and Wales - a rise of 9%.

The ONS figures exclude homicides from terror attacks in London and Manchester and the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in their figures so a more consistent comparison can be provided.

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