Killings in England and Wales increases by 11 per cent, figures show

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22nd April 2016 16:51 - Public Consultation

According to recent figures, the number of recorded killings in England and Wales has increased by 11 per cent in the year to December, which indicates that the last decade’s downward trend could be ending.

The police’s recorded crime figures revealed 573 cases of homicide, with knife crime cases decreasing by 9 per cent in the same time frame. Since 2005, the number of recorded killings has been steadily falling.

Despite many figures of recorded crime showing increasing trends as a result of tighter reporting standards being enforced by the police. Statisticians claimed that the rise in killings has been accurately recorded.

The figures indicated a 7 per cent increase in police recorded crime, with 4.4 million offenses being logged.

In 2014, the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said that one fifth of offences were going unreported by the police force.

The Home Office minister in charge of policing, Mike Penning, said of the findings:

“Every violent crime is a significant concern and we are working with retailers to crack down on underage sales of knives, introducing new laws to ban zombie knives and increasing funding for violence against women and girls’ services to £80m.”

The government was attacked by the Labour party for the cuts to the number of frontline police officers since 2010 and referenced the research by the House of Commons, which showed that the public to officer ration had increased by 19 per cent.

Figures from the police indicated that sex crimes had increased by around 1 in 3, which took the recorded total to in excess of 100,000 for the first time ever. It was also found that rape was at the highest recorded rate since 2003, however, statisticians suggested that this may be because victims are more likely to come forward than they were in the past.

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