KILLINGS in the UK have rocketed to its highest level in a decade, shocking figures released today have revealed.
Knife crime has also increased by eight per cent as violence spirals out of control across the country.
The startling statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) exposed the terrifying reality of crime sweeping the UK, with 90 more homicides – which include murder and manslaughter – recorded by the police in the year to September 2018.
The numbers, which exclude victims of large-scale incidents like terror attacks, have seen the numbers rocket 14 per cent from 649 in 2017 to 739.
Official police-recorded data shows violent crimes are up by 19 per cent.
The surge in crime across the UK has today sparked warnings from police and authorities as they tackle the horrifying spree.
Chief Constable Bill Skelly, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for crime recording and statistics, said: “Rising crime, increased terrorist activity and fewer police officers have put serious strain on the policing we offer to the public.
“We are determining the additional capabilities and investment we need to drive down violence and catch more criminals – and we will make the case at the next Government Spending Review.”
Among the figures released today, it was revealed there was a seven per cent year-on-year rise in overall crime, with a total of 5,723,182 offences recorded – the highest number in a 12-month period since the year ending March 2004, when there were 6.01 million.
The data also exposed increasing violent crimes against a person – up by 19 per cent, which includes a 41% increase in stalking and harassment offences.
Alex Mayes, policy and public affairs adviser at charity Victim Support, said: “These figures starkly highlight the devastating human cost of the recent rises in serious violence that we’ve seen across the country.
“Working with bereaved families through our national homicide service we know just how destructive these shocking crimes are.”
THE FIGURES AT A GLANCE
- The number of homicides, including murder and manslaughter, have risen from 649 to 730 – an increase of 14 per cent
- Knife crime has also increased by eight per cent
- The number of admissions to hospital for assault involving a sharp instrument have increased by 15 per cent
- The rate of robberies have increased by 17 per cent
- Police have recorded an increase of 41 per cent relating to stalking and harassment offences
- Overall crime from 12 months to the end of September 2018 went up by seven per cent to a total of 5,723,182
Commenting on the figures, Helen Ross, from the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice, said: “In recent decades we’ve seen the overall level of crime falling, but in the last year it remained level.
“There are variations within this overall figure, depending on the type of crime.
“Burglary, shoplifting and computer misuse are decreasing but others, such as vehicle offences and robbery, are rising.
“We have also seen increases in some types of ‘lower-volume, high-harm’ violence including offences involving knives or sharp instruments.”
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Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said: “These statistics show that your chance of being a victim of crime remains low, but we recognise that certain crimes – particularly violent crime – have increased, and we are taking action to address this.
“The Offensive Weapons Bill will give police extra powers to tackle knife crime and to get weapons off the street. The serious violence strategy puts a greater focus on early intervention and stopping young people from being drawn into crime in the first place.
“We have also put forward the biggest increase in police funding since 2010. It’s encouraging to see the first signs of police officer numbers rising in the statistics today.”
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