Figure 4: Homicides have increased over the last four years, following a long-term downward trend
England and Wales, year ending March 2003 to year ending March 2018
Source: Police recorded crime, Home Office
Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.
Data on homicide offences given in these police recorded crime data will differ from data from the Home Office Homicide Index, which are published annually by Office for National Statistics, last released as part of Homicide in England and Wales: year ending March 2017. Police recorded crime data on homicide represent the recording decision of the police based on the available information at the time the offence comes to their attention. Homicide Index data take account of the charging decision and court outcome in cases that have gone to trial. It is not uncommon for offences initially recorded as murder by the police to be charged or convicted as manslaughter at court.
North Wales Police inadvertently reported a number of historical crimes to the Home Office which were included in the original release of this bulletin. Revised figures have minimal impact on the majority of crime types. However, as the correction in homicide figures changes the percentage increase at the National level, we have updated the homicide figures in this table. Other crime types and totals have not been revised. Revised figures, for year ending March 2018, are available for all crime types (including homicide) in more recent publications.