KnifeCrimeStatistics

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Knife crime

6

percent increase in knife crime in England and Wales on the previous 12 months. Knife crime is now at its highest ever recorded level.

46265

Police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months to March 2020

52

percent increase in knife crime in England and Wales since 2014.

Knife murders

256

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 than it was in 2015

24

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

51

percent increase in knife crime since 2011 with every Police Force area seeing an increase during this period.

Knife crime in England

5

percent increase in the average offence rate in England. An increase from 80 offences per 100,000 population in 2019 to 84 in 2020.

15928

offences recorded in London (up 7%), the highest volume knife crime locality in England.

5096

offences recorded in the West Midlands (up 4%), the second highest volume knife crime locality in England.

Knife crime in Wales

21

percent increase in the average offence rate in Wales. An increase from 42 offences per 100,000 population in 2019 to 51 in 2020.

20

percent increase in offences per 100,000 population in South Wales. At 66 offences per 100,000 this exceeds the country's average.

Hospital admissions

4565

admissions to hospitals in England for attacks by sharp objects between April 2019 and March 2020. This represents an 8% drop on admissions compared to 2018-19.

18

percent increase in admissions to hospitals in England for attacks by sharp objects between 2015 and 2020.

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