Violent crime

Fact checks related to violent crime, including knife crime, gang crime and hate crime

4 June 2018

Robbery: Is the UK a “world leader”?

The recorded robbery rate in England and Wales increased more in 2016 than 13 countries examined by the Home Office, but the rate itself wasn’t top.

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Robbery: Is the UK a “world leader”?
24 May 2018

Are more people being prosecuted for carrying knives?

Are more people being caught with knives, prosecuted for it and spending longer in prison because of it?

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Are more people being prosecuted for carrying knives?
18 May 2018

Have more people died in stabbings and shootings this year?

Across the whole of England and Wales homicides attributed to stabbings or shootings have increased in recent years.

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Have more people died in stabbings and shootings this year?
26 April 2018

What happened to violent crime in London since 2008?

Under Boris Johnson’s time as mayor the murder rate halved, though we can’t say for sure whether the rise in stop and searches was effective.

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What happened to violent crime in London since 2008?
20 April 2018

How many stop and searches are knife crime related?

9% of successful stop and searches in London relate to possession of an offensive weapon, which includes knives, as well as other sharp weapons and acid.

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How many stop and searches are knife crime related?
18 April 2018

Knife Crime in England and Wales

In the year to September 2017, there were just under 37,500 recorded offences involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales.

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Knife Crime in England and Wales
10 April 2018

Drugs and homicide

The number of homicides involving a victim or suspect who was a drug user or dealer rose from 41% in 2014/15 to 42% 2016/17 in England and Wales.

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Drugs and homicide
4 April 2018

Has the number of murders in London overtaken New York?

It’s correct that in February, more people were murdered in London than in New York, but New York’s overall homicide rate is higher, though falling.

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Has the number of murders in London overtaken New York?
20 January 2016

Unemployment, nurses, and knife crime: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions

We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on unemployment, nurse training, apprenticeships, and knife crime.

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Unemployment, nurses, and knife crime: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions
2 May 2014

How many of those convicted of knife crime go to prison?

The front page of the Mail today claimed that re-offenders convicted of knife crime are avoiding jail. We've taken a look at the figures.

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How many of those convicted of knife crime go to prison?

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