Knife crime: Fatal stabbings at highest level since records began in 1946

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The number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales last year was the highest since records began in 1946, official figures show.

There were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months ending March 2018, Office for National Statistics analysis shows.

The number is the highest since records began in 1946.

The ONS says the largest increase in victims was seen among young men and boys.

The figures show a 45% increase in the number of victims aged 16-24 and a 23% increase in those aged 25-34.

They also show 25% of victims of fatal stabbings during the period were black – the highest proportion since the data was first collected in 1997.

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