40 deaths a year due to crime across the West Mid­lands

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

CRIM­I­NAL ac­tion kills more than 40 peo­ple in West Mid­lands ev­ery year.

Fig­ures re­veal that be­tween 2014/15 and 2017/18 there were 167 crimes com­mit­ted in the West Mid­lands that re­sulted in a death. In to­tal there were 126 mur­ders and nine manslaugh­ters.

The anal­y­sis does not in­clude the 89 cases where some­one caused death or se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing. Care­less or in­con­sid­er­ate driv­ing caused an­other 15 deaths.

There was also one case of in­ten­tional de­struc­tion of a vi­able un­born child – the crime of killing an un­born but vi­able foe­tus that is a child “ca­pa­ble of be­ing born alive”.

There were also nine cases of caus­ing death by ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle tak­ing and three cases of caus­ing the death of a child or a vul­ner­a­ble per­son recorded in the West Mid­lands over the four year pe­riod.

Across Eng­land and Wales, there have been 3,561 crimes com­mit­ted that caused a death since 2014/15.

There were also a fur­ther 1,999 cases of dan­ger­ous driv­ing that ei­ther caused death or se­ri­ous in­juries, so the num­ber of deadly crimes is likely to be even higher.

Of the crimes, 2,037 were mur­ders, 498 manslaugh­ters and 35 cor­po­rate manslaugh­ters recorded.

Care­less or in­con­sid­er­ate driv­ing caused death 568 times, while care­less driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs led to death 93 times.

The crime of caus­ing or al­low­ing the death of a child or vul­ner­a­ble per­son was recorded 101 times dur­ing the last four years, and there were also three in­ci­dents of in­fan­ti­cide dur­ing that time.

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