London’s murder and manslaughter figures released

The Met Police recorded 107 murders and manslaughters in the 12 months leading up to March 2017, which is the same as the previous year.

Surrey Police recorded five murders and manslaughters in the same year, down by five compared to the previous 12 months and Kent Police recorded eight murders and manslaughters, down by eight.

The Home Office figures include the 96 deaths of football fans at Hillsborough in 1989 as the verdict of the inquest was found in April 2016.

The jury concluded that those who died in the disaster were unlawfully killed, overturning the verdict of accidental death at the original inquest.

Excluding the Hillsborough deaths, the number of homicides in England and Wales was up by 8 per cent.

Of those murdered, 71 per cent were men and 29 per cent were women.

Half of the female victims were killed by a partner or ex-partner. Men are most likely to be killed by a friend or acquaintance.

Child victims, under the age of 16, were most likely to be killed by a parent or step parent.

Most people are killed while in or around a house, according to the Office of National Statistics.

This is particularly true for women, while one fifth of male homicides happen on the street.

The most common weapon used was a knife or a sharp object.

The area covered by the Met Police had a homicide rate of 12.2 per million people, which is above average.

The average rate for England and Wales if the Hillsborough deaths are excluded is 10.5 per million people.

The rate has increased over the latest two periods but is still 20 per cent lower than it was 10 years ago. However, in 1967 the rate was 7.3 per million.

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