Home Office statistics show an increase in murderous crimes across England and Wales

ACCORDING to new Home Office statistics the number of murders and manslaughters in Wales rose significantly last year, which is in line with an increase of murderous crimes across both England and Wales. The Home Office defines ‘murderous’ crimes as: murders, manslaughters, attempted murders and conspiracy to murder.

Credit: Andrew Simpson

Credit: Andrew Simpson

The latest figures show the number of murders and manslaughters doubled in Wales – while the number of attempted murder or conspiracy to murder cases rose by two thirds. The figures focus on incidents from September 2014 to September 2015. In Wales there were 30 homicides and 18 cases of attempted murder during this time period.

Torfaen in South Wales Valleys has the highest rate of murderous crimes in Wales with one homicide, one case of conspiracy to murder and one case of attempted murder – which averages to 4.4 murderous crimes per 100,000 people.

Pembrokeshire followed with four murderous crimes averaging 3.2 per 100,000 people, and Monmouthshire rounded out the top three with 3 ‘murderous’ crimes.

Wrexham led the major Welsh urban areas with the rates of murderous crime being 2.9 per 100,000 people. Cardiff followed with six murderous crimes, which averaged to 1.7 ‘murderous’ crimes per 100,000 people. Swansea had two murderous crimes, averaging to 0.8 ‘murderous’ crimes per 100,000 people.

There’s good news for Aberystwyth and Ceredigion – as Ceredigion was among five areas where no murderous crimes were committed, thus making it among the lowest rates for murderous crimes.

Across England and Wales the number of homicides increased by 14% from 502-573 from September 2014 to September 2015.  Cases of conspiracy to murder increased by 13 from 33 to 46, and attempted murders increased by one fifth from 511 to 611.

Boston, Lincolnshire was found to be the most murderous place in England and Wales with two homicides, and eight attempted murders taking place over the time period – which averages as 15 crimes per 100,000 residents. The City of London and Gloucester followed with 12.4 crimes per 100,000 people and 8 crimes per 100,000 people respectively.