Police recorded crimes for England and Wales surged to over five million over the last year, according to a new Office for National Statistics (ONS) bulletin.

Britain’s official statistical institute reports a 13 per cent increase in crime in the year ending June 2017, with the total number of offences surpassing five million for the first time a decade.

Violent crime appears to have increased even more sharply, with some of the headline figures including:

  • 1,229,260 offences of violence against the person, an increase of 19 per cent on the previous year
  • 129,700 sexual offences, an increase of 19 per cent on the previous year
  • 45,100 rapes, an increase of 22 per cent on the previous year
  • 36,998 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, an increase of 26 per cent on the previous year
  •  6,696 offences involving firearms, an increase of 27 per cent on the previous year — despite draconian controls on legal gun-ownership

Non-violent crime also appears to be on the increase, with burglary up 6 per cent, theft from the person up 11 per cent,  shoplifting up 11 per cent, and vehicle-related crime up 17 per cent.