BLACK people in England and Wales are five times more likely than white people to be killed in a homicide, shocking new figures show.
There were 49.5 homicides per million black people in the three years ending March 2020, Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows.
Among white people during the same period the number of homicides was 9.4 per million.
In the past year, ONS stats show 105 black people were victims, the highest number since the year ending March, 2002.
Almost half of all black victims (49 per cent) were aged 16 to 24, compared with 25 per cent for Asian victims and 12 per cent for white victims.
The total number of homicides in England and Wales soared to 695 in the year ending March, 2020.
The number was up by 47 – or seven per cent – on the previous year, but includes the 39 victims who died in 2019's Essex lorry horror.
Fatal stabbings involving a knife or sharp instruments were most common, accounting for 275 homicides, the second highest number since 1946.
It was an increase of six per cent on the previous year's grim tally.
But hospital admissions for assault by a sharp object dropped by 8 per cent to 4,674 admissions.
Of the 695 victims, 142 were aged 16 to 24.
Almost half of all killings were sparked by a quarrel, a revenge attack or a loss of temper.
More than three times as many males as females were killed.
Almost half (46 per cent) of adult female homicide victims were killed in a domestic homicide.
It comes as murders in London hit a three-year high after a week of bloodshed and cops warn it will get worse in a "perfect storm" of bloodshed.
Six Londoners have died in the past fortnight with two teens left fighting for life after yet more brutal knife attacks just last night.
A Sun investigation has revealed deaths are up almost a quarter on last year – with the Met launching 18 murder probes already in 2021.
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