Thursday 8th February 2024
Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics confirm that, despite a decrease in homicides in the 13-19 age group, teenagers remain over twice as likely to be fatally stabbed than they were 10 years ago.
Last year 42 young lives were lost unnecessarily due to stabbings. This figure marks a significant increase from a decade ago, when in 2013 number of young people murdered with a knife or sharp instrument stood at 20.
Shockingly, 82% of homicides among teenage victims involve the use of a knife or sharp instrument, a stark contrast to the overall figure for victims of all ages, which stands at 41%. Not enough is being done to keep our young people safe and 15 years after the murder of Ben Kinsella these figures prove that nothing has changed.
While the overall figure for murders with a knife or sharp object has fallen by 13%, teenagers remain disproportionally affected by knife crime and face a higher risk of murder by knife attacks than any other age group.
Addressing the data, Patrick Green, CEO of the Ben Kinsella Trust, states, "The persistently high figures for fatal stabbings, and huge rise on figures from 10 years ago, is truly heart-breaking. Let us not forget that these figures represent real people and real lives unnecessarily lost, leaving families devastated and communities torn apart"