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Headline statistics

5%

percent increase in knife crime in England and Wales in 2023.

48716

Police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales in 2023.

244

murders involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales in the 12 months to March 2023.

78

young people aged under 25 were murdered with a knife or sharp object in the 12 months to March 2023. 10 were aged under 16.

Knife crime is one of our society's most pressing problems. But it is also one of the most complex.

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