Killings of black people in England and Wales at highest level since 2002

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The number of black victims of homicide in England and Wales has climbed to its highest level in nearly two decades, official figures have revealed.

A total of 105 black victims of murder and manslaughter were recorded in the 12 months to March 2020, up from 96 the previous year, and the highest since the 12 months to March 2002, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Black people are more likely to be victims of homicide, the figures show. About 15% of all victims in the period were black, but only 3% of the general population are black. Sixty-four per cent of victims were white, while white people make up 85% of the general population.

In the three years to March last year, the average homicide rate per million population, at 49.5, was about five times higher for black people…

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