A NUMBER of countries around the world can still impose the death penalty as a punishment for people found guilty of the most serious crimes.
A total of 53 countries still have the death sentence, employing a variety of methods including hanging, shooting, lethal injection, electrocution and beheading- but when was the death penalty abolished in the UK?
When was the death penalty abolished in the UK?
The death penalty was scrapped by parliament in 1969.
This came after public anger led to the suspensions of executions in 1965.
The UK is one of 141 countries that Human rights group Amnesty International, which has been campaigning on the issue since 1977, says has abolished the death sentence in law or practice.
When was the last execution in the UK?
The last people to be sentenced to death in Britain were Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans – real name John Robson Walby – in 1964.
They had knifed a friend to death for money.
The last woman to be executed was Ruth Ellis, a peroxide-blonde club hostess with film-star looks, who shot dead her posh racing-driver lover David Blakely outside a London pub in 1955.