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New police figures reveal West Yorkshire in top 5 areas for homicide in England & Wales

Police in Leeds. Photo: West Yorkshire Police
Police in Leeds. Photo: West Yorkshire Police

New figures have been released today which show that West Yorkshire is in the top 5 areas in England and Wales for rates of murder, manslaughter and unlawful killing.

The data, released by police forces across the country, show there have been 28 incidences of homicide in the 12 months leading to March 2018 in West Yorkshire.

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The West Yorkshire Police force covers areas including Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford and Halifax.

In North Yorkshire there were six, while 10 homicides were recorded in South Yorkshire and 16 in Humberside.

Top 5 areas in the UK for homicide (murder/manslaughter) rates:

1. Metropolitan Police (London): 157

2. Greater Manchester: 88

3. West Midlands: 41

4. Sussex: 30

=5. West Yorkshire: 28

=5. Merseyside: 28

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Other areas in Yorkshire:

North Yorkshire: 6

South Yorkshire: 10

Humberside: 16

Here are the number of homicides recorded by each police force in England and Wales in the 12 months ending March 2018.

The forces are listed alphabetically.

Avon and Somerset 13

Bedfordshire 4

Cambridgeshire 7

Cheshire 5

Cleveland 3

Cumbria 3

Derbyshire 9

Devon and Cornwall 15

Dorset 3

Durham 3

Dyfed-Powys 4

Essex 24

Gloucestershire 3

Greater Manchester 88 (includes 22 homicide victims of the Manchester Arena bombing)

Gwent 7

Hampshire 19

Hertfordshire 9

Humberside 16

Kent 14

Lancashire 14

Leicestershire 16

Lincolnshire 7

Merseyside 28

Metropolitan Police 157 (includes 13 homicide victims of the London Bridge/Borough Market and Westminster attacks)

Norfolk 6

North Wales 22

North Yorkshire 6

Northamptonshire 5

Northumbria 15

Nottinghamshire 15

South Wales 12

South Yorkshire 10

Staffordshire 11

Suffolk 2

Surrey 6

Sussex 30

Thames Valley 18

Warwickshire 11

West Mercia 18

West Midlands 41

West Yorkshire 28

Wiltshire 2

(Total for England and Wales: 736)

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