Police in Cheshire recorded 76 crimes between the financial years 2016/17 and 2020/21 that had led to at least one death – around 15 a year. That includes 39 murders recorded over that period.
However, there were also at least 12 deaths caused by careless or inconsiderate driving.
Other ways in which potentially criminal acts led to people’s deaths were ten reports of manslaughter and four cases of aiding suicide.
There were also two cases where someone was killed by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
And people caused or allowed the death of a child or a vulnerable person on seven occasions.
Numbers could be even higher, as the figures don’t include 29 cases where someone caused death or serious injury by dangerous driving, since it’s not possible to say how many of those involved someone’s death.
Across England and Wales, 4,624 crimes that had led to at least one death were recorded between April 2016 and March 2021.
That doesn’t include 2,917 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, there were 2,653 murders, 578 manslaughters and 42 corporate manslaughters recorded.
This is when a business or organisation is found to have caused a person’s death through a gross breach of duty of care to the deceased. Careless or inconsiderate driving caused at least 698 deaths, while careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs led to 102 deaths.
Criminals were responsable causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person 190 times during the last five years, and there were also nine incidents of infanticide during that time.
Kultar Nayyar, Services Director for Victim Support’s National Homicide Service, a charity mainly supporting murder and manslaughter victims and families, said: “It’s shocking that nearly 8,000 crimes reported over the last five years have led to the death of someone. Bereavement has a devastating, life changing impact on families and when this is caused by crime it becomes even more complex.
“Our national Homicide Service provides families with a specialist case worker from as soon as a few days following murder or manslaughter. They provide much needed emotional support to help them cope and recover from the psychological effects of a traumatic bereavement.
“They also provide practical help such as guiding them through the processes of the criminal justice system, support with accessing legal advice as well as acting as an advocate in dealing with issues such as housing, finance, employment and welfare.”
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