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Mental health killings rise

29th July 2009

The National Confidential Inquiry report funded by the National Patient Safety Agency has shown a rise in the number of people murdered by mental illness sufferers.

70 people were killed in England and Wales in 2004 and 2005, compared to 54 in 1997.  Professor Louis Appleby, Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, said: "The risk of being a victim of homicide in England and Wales is around 1 in 1,000 and the risk of being killed by someone with schizophrenia is around 1 in 20,000."

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