Violent attacks in England and Wales are becoming less common – despite the wave of knife crime in ‘bloodbath Britain’, figures show.

Cardiff University researchers analysed attendance data from dozens of A&E departments, walk-in centres and minor injury units.

They estimated that 187,584 people sought help for injuries they sustained through violent attack over the whole of 2018.

In comparison, 3,162 fewer people were treated for violent injuries across the two countries in the previous year – nearly a two per cent decrease.

The number of people needing treatment after violence has fallen by more than two fifths (41 per cent) since 2010.

The statistics came from the National Violence Surveillance Network, a database that A&E units share information with for research purposes.

The authors of the study it was ‘difficult to explain’ why there has been a spike in knife crime amid a decrease in general violent injuries.

The reduction was driven by a fall in violence affecting males, with female attendances showing a slight rise year-on-year.

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