The Home Office figures show that child murders rose in 2006-07 from 52 to 68. The 31 per cent increase is largely accounted for by an increase in the number of children killed by their parents, from 24 to 33.

One in twelve victims of gun-related murder last year was a child, official figures published say. Five of the 59 people shot dead in 2006-07 were aged under 16 compared with none in the previous year. The figure will fuel concerns about young people becoming victims of gun-related crimes, particularly after the fatal shooting of Rhys Jones, 11, on Merseyside last year.

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