There were 732 homicides in England and Wales last year – the highest number in a decade, official figures show.
Police-recorded offences involving knives or sharp instruments were also up by 6% in 2018 compared to the previous year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Thursday.
— ONS (@ONS) April 25, 2019
The number of homicides last year stood at its highest in any calendar year since 2007, when the total was 765.
The figures come after a spate of knife crimes involving young people triggered a political row over cuts to police funding.
One of the latest killings was that of an 18-year-old man who was stabbed to death in the Harborne area on Birmingham on Wednesday evening.