Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Violent crime rises by 27% after killings hit a five-year high: Surge in gun and knife attacks blamed for significant increase

In Britain official statistics reveal that murder and manslaughter rates fuelled by gun and knife violence have shot up 14 per cent to their highest total in five years – up 71 to 574 in the year to last September (file image)

  • Surge in gun and knife attacks has led to a rise in recorded crime in UK

  • Around 4.3m offences reported - the biggest annual increase in 15 years

  • Murder and manslaughter shot up 14% to their highest total in five years

  • Criminologists suggest rising murder rate may be due to ‘cocktail’ factors such as immigration, gang culture and police focusing on other crimes

  • A surge in violence fuelled by gun and knife attacks has led to a significant rise in recorded crime, official statistics revealed yesterday.
    More than 4.3million offences were reported, a rise of 6 per cent and the biggest annual increase for nearly 15 years.
    Murder and manslaughter shot up 14 per cent to their highest total in five years – up 71 to 574 in the year to last September.

    Criminologists suggest the rising murder rate could be due to a ‘cocktail’ of factors, such as immigration, gang culture and police focusing on other investigations like phone hacking.
    David Wilson, professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, said: ‘Because detective have been put on other tasks, such as investigating child sexual abuse, there are fewer people to sift local intelligence with the hope of stopping violence.’

    Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3411211/Violent-crime-rises-27-killings-hit-five-year-high.html

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