Figure 9: Crimes involving knives or sharp instruments are most often assaults with injury or assaults with intent to cause serious harm and robberies
England and Wales, year ending September 2018
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 an additional special collection. Proportions of offences involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument presented in this table are calculated based on figures submitted in this special collection. Other offences exist that are not shown in this table that may include the use of a knife or sharp instrument.
Police recorded crime statistics based on data from 44 police forces in England and Wales (including British Transport Police). Figures for Greater Manchester Police have been included in year ending September 2018 data since the data provide a more complete picture of the make-up of offences involving knives or sharp instruments.
Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Police forces have implemented new crime recording systems, therefore data for the latest year may be under-recorded. It is expected that this will be revised in future publications.
Sexual assault includes indecent assault on a male or female and sexual assault on a male or female (all ages).
Homicide offences are those currently recorded by the police as at 23 November 2018 and are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available. These figures are taken from the detailed record level Homicide Index (rather than the main police collection for which forces are only required to provide an overall count of homicides, used in Appendix table A4). There may therefore be differences in the total homicides figure used to calculate these proportions and the homicide figure presented in Appendix table A4.