Knife crime reaches record high as figures show surge in violent crime

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Official figures have revealed a surge in incidents of knife crime, murder and robbery recorded by the Police in the last year.

Across England and Wales, the number of murders has risen by 14 per cent in the year to June, whilst the number of recorded offences involving a sharp instrument such as a knife has increased by 12 per cent.

The report from the Office for National Statistics also revealed that robberies increased by 22 per cent and sexual offences increased by 18 per cent.

ONS figures show the number of murders rose from 630 to 719, a total that excludes the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Knife Crime hit a new record high in England and Wales, with police recording 39,332 knife offences in the last year, the highest number on record.

The real total of knife crime is likely to be higher, around the 42,000 mark as Greater Manchester Police figures were excluded by the ONS because of a review of its data found it was undercounting offences.

Meghan Elkin, Head of the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice, claims that knife crime has been rising for four years and whilst it the crime was concentrated in London, the majority of police forces also seen a rise.

There are currently two measures of crime – police recorded crime, which shows offences up 9 per cent, and the Crime Survey of England and Wales which shows a 1 per cent drop.

Both sets of statistics are officially sanctioned and officials warned there had been a genuine increase in knife crime.

The Government has tried to play down mounting public concern about the sharp increase of murders and stabbings to sweep Britain this year.

They deny that the loss of more than 20,000 police officers since 2010 has directly contributed to rising crime. However, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has publicly admitted forces need more resources and vowed to fight for more funding in a spending review.

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