Knife crime rose by 22% in England and Wales in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
A separate survey on the public’s experience of crimes in the two countries said there had been no change in overall violent offences.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) said most types of crime stayed at similar levels to 2016.
It added that eight-in-10 adults had not experienced any crimes asked about in the survey throughout 2017.
Whilst some of the increases in recorded crimes are explained by changes in the way police report them, the ONS warned that some of the statistics showed a genuine rise in the offence – such as the 9% increase in burglaries and the 33% increase in robbery.
Recorded homicides were also up by 9% in 2017 to 688 – including the victims of terror attacks in London and Manchester.
In 2016, the number of homicides – 697 – included the 96 cases of manslaughter from the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which were recorded by a coroner that year.
Alexa Bradley, who focuses on crime statistics and analysis for the ONS, said the two sets of figures showed the “picture of crime” had been “fairly stable”, with levels much lower than the peak seen in the mid-1990s.
But she said the “high harm” offences, such as homicide, knife crime and gun crime, were on the up, which was “a trend that has been emerging over the previous two years.”
Source – BBC