Police refuse to release list of murder victims

The Metropolitan Police is now refusing to release full lists of murder victims under the Freedom of Information Act – making it more difficult to check their figures. Previously requests along these lines have been successful, such as the data featured in the Guardian article ‘Five years of London murders listed‘ and on our blog The Met’s …

Is the murder rate rising again?

An article in The Times newspaper last week  (Three deaths in a weekend sends murder rate soaring) highlighted the increase in London homicides so far this year. In January and February 2015 we counted 26 homicides compared to 12 across January and February 2015. So does this suggest a new trend or is it just an unusual …

Review of 2014

The Metropolitan Police official homicide list gives a total of 92 homicides for 2014. This figure, which includes murders, manslaughters, corporate manslaughters and infanticides, is a 15 per cent decrease on the previous year, 2013, with 109. We have added 85 cases to the website for 2014 and are awaiting further updates on several others which have …

Homicides ‘to fall below 100’

The BBC reported recently that the yearly number of homicides* in London is expected to fall below 100 for the first time since the 1960s. According to the Metropolitan Police, by 22 December there had been 93 victims of homicide in 2014. (UPDATE: The final figure for the year was 95). From our own figures we …

London Homicides 2013 – Review

Homicides in London have increased year-on-year for the first time since murdermap launched in 2010. As it stands we have counted 108 victims for 2013 compared to 100 in 2012. Taking a more detailed look at the figures, the most striking change is in the percentage of female victims – up to 37 per cent …