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Thursday 25th April 2024

Knife crime has increased by 7% in the past year (to December 2023), according to the latest release from the Office for National Statistics, highlighting an alarming rise in violence across England and Wales. According to police records, there were 49,489 incidents involving a knife or sharp instrument between January and December 2023, compared to 46,153 the previous year. This surge indicates a concerning pattern in the frequency of knife-related crimes: a pattern which shows a consistent rise in knife crime since 2021.

There has also been a large 20% increase in robberies involving knives compared to the previous year.

Moreover, knife crime rates in England and Wales have surged by a staggering 81% over the course of the past decade.

Patrick Green, CEO of the Ben Kinsella Trust said:

“The 7% increase in knife crime over the past year in England and Wales is indicative of a troubling trend: knife crime has been consistently rising since the reduced levels observed during the pandemic years. Just yesterday, reports emerged of horrifying stabbings in Carmarthenshire, occurring within a school setting. These incidents serve as a grim reminder that the numbers are not merely statistics; they represent real people who are affected and experiencing life-shattering consequences.

We know there is a solution. Educational and preventative measures have proved time and time again to be successful in changing perceptions and attitudes to knife crime. This is not a hopeless problem with no solution and our work shows that violence is not inevitable, it is preventable.”

Ben Kinsella was just 16 years old when he was murdered with a knife in 2008. Read his devastating story.

Ben’s Story

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