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Murder risk in England and Wales much higher for black people

Study shows homicides five times more likely than for white people and up to 24 times in 16-24 age group

Black people in England and Wales are more than five times as likely as white people to be victims of homicide, new research shows.

Austerity was potentially a significant factor, although more research was needed, said Prof Lawrence Sherman, co-author of the study, which examined data between 2000 and 2020. The study, by Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology, found that Asian people were twice as likely as white people to be homicide victims.

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