The number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales in 2018 were the highest since records began in 1946, official figures show.
There were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months ending March 2018, Office for National Statistics analysis shows.
The ONS says one in four (71) of all victims (285) were men aged 18-24.
The figures also show 25% of victims were black – the highest proportion since data was first collected in 1997.
The Metropolitan Police recorded the most knife offences – 14,660 – representing a 1% yearly rise. The biggest increase of 54% was recorded by British Transport Police, while Merseyside saw a 35% rise and Dyfed-Powys 28%.
The figures show there were 252 killings involving a knife or sharp instrument in 2018. There were 18,950 assaults and 17,402 robberies where a knife or sharp instrument was used.
The knife crime statistics do not include Greater Manchester Police because of differences in the way the force has been recording offences.
Meanwhile, the number of killings in 2018 last year was at its highest in any calendar year since 2007, when the total reached 765.