Number of people fatally stabbed highest since records began in 1946

The number of people stabbed to death across England and Wale in  the 12 months to March 2018 was the highest since the Home Office Homicide Index began in 1946.

There were 285 homicides where the method of killing was by a knife or sharp instrument, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Overall there were 726 homicides in the year to March 2018, an increase of 15% if you exclude terrorist attacks and events in Hillsborough in 1989. The number of homicides is the highest since the year ending March 2008.

The most common age-group for victims of homicides recorded was 16 to 24-year-olds (152 victims). There were also 67 victims of homicide aged under 16 years in the year ending March 2018.

These figures are absolutely appalling and require a much firmer approach when it comes to law and order. As the National Chairman of the Police Federation, John Apter, has said: “Build more prisons, we need to punish people”.