Figure 4: Homicides have increased over the last four years following a long-term downward trend
England and Wales, year ending March 2003 to year ending December 2018
Source: Home Office - Police recorded crime
Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.
Data on homicide offences given in these police recorded crime data will differ from data from the Home Office Homicide Index, which are published annually by Office for National Statistics, last released as part of Homicide in England and Wales: year ending March 2018. Police recorded crime data on homicide represent the recording decision of the police based on the available information at the time the offence comes to their attention. Homicide Index data take account of the charging decision and court outcome in cases that have gone to trial. It is not uncommon for offences initially recorded as murder by the police to be charged or convicted as manslaughter at court.
Some forces have revised their data and police recorded crime totals may not agree with those previously published.
Lancashire Police Force were unable to provide police recorded crime for November and December 2018. Therefore, totals for year ending December 2018 were produced using an estimate for these months.
The dates shown for the London and Manchester terrorist attacks in 2005 and 2017 correspond to when the events occurred, rather than when the homicides were recorded by the police.