Knife crime in England and Wales increased last year to a new record high, figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown. The ONS said police recorded 45,627 offences in the year to December 2019. That is 7% more than in 2018, and the highest since knife crime statistics were first collected in 2010-11.
The proportion of suspects charged with a crime in England and Wales, meanwhile, has fallen to a new record low. Home Office figures show that only one in every 14 offences led to court proceedings - less than half the rate five years ago. The charging rate has been in decline almost continuously since 2014-15, when changes were made to the collection of the data. Last year, 7.1% of crimes resulted in a suspect being charged or ordered to appear in court. The previous year it was 8.2% - and in 2014-15 it was 15.5%.