Figure 8: Rising trend in crimes involving knives or sharp instruments driven by increases in assaults with injury or assaults with intent to cause serious harm and robberies
England and Wales, year ending March 2019
Source: Home Office – Police recorded crime
Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.
Police recorded knife or sharp instrument offences data are submitted via a special collection. This figure is based on this special collection. Other offences that are not shown in this chart may include the use of a knife or sharp instrument.
Police recorded crime statistics are based on data from 43 police forces in England and Wales. Data from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are excluded. A review revealed that they were under-counting knife or sharp instrument offences. Following this review, there has been a sharp increase in the number of knife or sharp instrument offences recorded by GMP between April 2018 to March 2019 compared with previous years. Previous data have not been revised and the data are therefore not comparable.
Information for individual police forces can be found in Table P4 published alongside this bulletin.
Other selected offences include rape, attempted murder, homicide and sexual assault.