The proportion of Black Youths in the serious violence (Murder and Grievous Bodily Harm) cohort increased in late 2006.
Previous to late 2006 the number of Black Youth victims were tracking trends in in White Youth victims; however by 2007-08 Black African or Black Caribbean heritage under 18 year olds comprised 50% of the serious violence victims cohort, while White European youths comprised 29%
Chart 2. Ethnicity of Youth Victims of GBH and Murder (combined), in London, April 2004 to March 2008
The Black disproportionality of Youth victims for murder alone is more pronounced.
From April 2004 to end of March 2008:
65% of Youth murder victims were Black African or Black Caribbean
12.5 % of Youth murder victims were White European
The Afro Caribbean (Ethnic Appearance 3) Police category tends to masks a wide range of nationalities. MPS analysis of 26 London youth murders in 2007 indicated 13 different nationalities (victims and offenders) and that approximately one third of the victims and offenders were born abroad.
Data Source: MPS
Violence and murder tends to occur mostly within groups or communities, which means that many of the young Black people discussed have been victimised or murdered by other Black Youths. This issue is discussed further on this link.