Homicide: Children

Home Department written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 10 were victims of homicide in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

Available data relate to homicides recorded by police in England and Wales between 1997-98 and 2006-07, and are shown in the table. Data for 2007-08 are not yet available.

Latest analysis of homicide statistics for England and Wales was published in 'Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2006-07' (Home Office Statistical Bulletin 03/08) which can be found online at:


The next homicide chapter is scheduled for release in January 2009.

Homicides currently recorded( 1) where victim aged under 10 years: England and Wales, 1997-98 to 2006-07( 2)
Year offence initially recorded( 3) Number of homicides
1997-98 61
1998-99 70
1999-2000 56
2000-01 81
2001-02 49
2002-03 73
2003-04 53
2004-05 48
2005-06 38
2006-07 49
(1) As at 12 November 2007; figures are revised as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.

(2) Data for 2007-08 are scheduled to be published in January 2009.

(3) Offences are shown according to the year in which the police initially recorded the offence as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.

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