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Homicide (1676A/22)


Please can you provide me electronically by email and broken down annually by calendar year from and including 2012 to the latest data available to date (12th December 2022):

  1. Of the total recorded homicides each year, the number of victims killed by an offender/offenders the victim had previously reported to your police force for an offence in the sub group of “stalking and harassment” in the count offence classification code. This includes:
    a. Stalking – classification code 8Q
    b.Malicious Communications – classification code 8R
    c.Harassment – classification code 8L
    d.Racially or religiously aggravated harassment – classification code 8M
    e.Controlling or coercive behaviour – classification code 8U


Please find our response below.

Year Number of Homicides Number of Suspects No. of Victims with a History of Stalking or Harassment Same Suspect as Homicide
2012 46 69 1 0
2013 39 47 0 0
2014 26 39 0 0
2015 33 53 1 1
2016 35 51 0 0
2017 42 52 3 0
2018 51 90 0 0
2019 44 77 1 0
2020 57 91 5 0
2021 41 111 2 0
2022 46 129 3 0
Total 460 809 16 1

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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