Crime rising at increasing rate in England and Wales, police figures show

Rise of 13% in the 12 months to June is accompanied by even greater increases in violent offences including knife crime and sex offences

The rise in crime is accelerating with the latest figures showing a 13% rise in all police recorded offences across England and Wales, with even greater increases recorded for violent offences including knife crime, sex offences and violence against the person.

The latest set of crime figures also show an underlying 8% rise in the murder rate, with 629 homicides recorded in the 12 months to June excluding 35 people killed in the London and Manchester terror attacks and the 96 historic 1989 Hillsborough deaths, which were included in the headline figures.

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