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England Murder Rate Jumps 14 Percent as Violent Crime Continues Rapid Rise

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January 25, 2019

Official crime figures have revealed a 14 percent jump in the number of homicides recorded in England and Wales, with knife offences hitting the highest level in eight years.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) crime data published Thursday recorded 739 murders over the past year, marking a rise of 90 killings from the 649 which took place in the previous 12 months.

Knives and other sharp objects were involved in around 40 percent of homicides — a rise of 10 percent from the previous year — as the number of knife crimes recorded rose 8 percent to 42,957 in total.

“This is the highest number since the year ending March 2011,” the ONS said, before noting that knife crime is disproportionately concentrated in London, with 35 percent of all crimes involving bladed instruments last year taking place in the capital.

After London, urban areas in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, and the West Midlands bore the brunt of “higher-harm” crime, with violent offences rising 19 percent from the previous year to total 1,545,544 in the 12 months to September 2018.

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