Gun crime

Erdington shooting: Firearms offences 'rise in city'

Allen Cook

BBC News

As police probe a fatal shooting in Birmingham this afternoon, the latest government figures show the city has more than double the national average of gun crimes.

The latest Office of National Statistics figures show West Midlands Police recorded 24 offences per 100,000 residents between 2017 and 2018.

The average for England and Wales was 11 and every other police force recorded a lower average apart from the Metropolitan Police.

The statistics also show that, after a fall in recorded firearms offences from 2007 to 2016, the number started to rise from 542 in 2015-16 to 681 in 2017-18.