percent increase in knife crime in England and Wales on the previous 12 months. Knife crime is now at its highest ever recorded level.
Police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months to March 2020
percent increase in knife crime in England and Wales since 2014.
Police-recorded murders involving a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months to March 2020. This is down 2% since last year but is still 37% higher that it was in 2015
children aged just 17 or younger were murdered with a knife or sharp object in 2019. This represents the highest number of children murdered in over a decade.
Local knife crime
percent increase in knife crime since 2011 with every Police Force area seeing an increase during this period.
Knife crime in England
percent increase in the average offence rate in England. An increase from 80 offences per 100,000 population in 2019 to 84 in 2020.
offences recorded in London (up 7%), the highest volume knife crime locality in England.
offences recorded in the West Midlands (up 4%), the second highest volume knife crime locality in England.
Knife crime in Wales
percent increase in the average offence rate in Wales. An increase from 42 offences per 100,000 population in 2019 to 51 in 2020.
percent increase in offences per 100,000 population in South Wales. At 66 offences per 100,000 this exceeds the country's average.