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Knife crime in 2019

7

percent increase in knife crime in England and Wales on the previous 12 months. Knife crime is now at its highest ever recorded level. [Office for National Statistics (2019): Offences involving the use of weapons]

14135

people were sentenced for carrying a knife in England and Wales, in the year ending September 2019. This figure is the highest ever recorded and has been increasing annually since 2013. [Ministry of Justice (2020): Knife and offensive weapon sentencing statistics]

4562

young people aged 10 to 17 were sentenced for carrying a knife or offensive weapon in England and Wales in the year ending September 2019. This fiture is the highest ever recorded and rose by 1.5% on the previous 12 months. [Ministry of Justice (2020): Knife and offensive weapon sentencing statistics]

Knife crime has consistently risen and is at unprecedented levels. Our must read articles and their recommendations are sadly as relevant now as when they were written.

Must Read

Beyond the Blade

1 November 2017

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Tackling Knife Crime Together – Brooke Kinsella MBE

2 January 2017

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Guns, Knives and Street Violence – Street Weapons Commision

1 January 2017

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Knife deaths in 2019

24

children and young people aged just 17 or under were killed in attacks using a knife or sharp instrument in the year ending March 2019 in England and Wales – the highest number recorded since 2008. 7 of those who were killed were under 16.

259

people were killed in knife attacks in England and Wales in the year ending March 2019; a drop of 9% from the previous year’s highest ever figure of 282.

20

boys aged just 17 or under were killed in attacks using a knife or sharp instrument in the year ending March 2019 in England and Wales – the highest number recorded since 2008. 4 girls aged just 17 or under were killed in attacks using a knife or sharp instrument in the year ending March 2019 in England and Wales. An increase of 3 young lives on the previous year. However, homicides of young girls are more generally decreasing, since a peak of 8 in 2010.

Further reading

‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ – A Youth Work Response to Gangs and Exploitation during COVID-19

5 June 2020

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Violence in London: what we know and how to respond

13 February 2020

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Tackling Knife Crime Together – Brooke Kinsella MBE

2 January 2017

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Guns, Knives and Street Violence – Street Weapons Commision

1 January 2017

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