Crime or crimes?

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The number of violent and sex offences recorded by police in England and Wales has risen sharply over the past year, figures show. Knife and robbery have also increased in the 12 months to September 2017 compared with the previous year. Overall, recorded are up 14%. However, the separate Survey, based on people’s experiences, suggests continues to fall. This survey, based on interviews with 35,000 households in England and Wales, includes that people do not report to police. The latest police figures from 44 forces show that robbery is up 29%, sex offences are up 23%, knife is up 21%, and violent is up 20%. There were 37,443 knife and 6,694 gun offences recorded in the year to September. The number of offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument had been falling since 2011 but started rising again over the past three years. These tended to be concentrated in cities, in particular London which saw the largest increase (38%) in knife .

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