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The number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales last year was the highest ever recorded, the Office for National Statistics says. There were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months ending March 2018, ONS analysis shows. The number is the highest since records began in 1946. The ONS says a recent increase in murder and manslaughter has been most pronounced among male victims and younger age groups. -. Crime statistics: Violent crime and sex offences rising, police figures suggest. Why you can trust BBC News Full story

7 February