The Tories have had ten years to get tough on crime...
In the year ending March 2019, there were around 47,100 (selected) offences involving a knife or sharp instrument recorded by police in England and Wales. This is the highest number in the nine-year series (from year ending March 2011) the earliest point for which comparable data are available. This is directly related with improvements in recording practices.
However, a review of recording practices has identified that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) had been undercounting knife crime in the area. Excluding GMP data, there were around 43,500 offences recorded in the year to March 2019 - still the highest number in the nine-year series.
In 2017/18 there were 285 homicides currently recorded using a sharp instrument, including knives and broken bottles, accounting for 39% of all homicides – an increase from the 212 recorded in 2016/17.
Knife crime by police force area
London recorded the highest rate of 169 offences involving a knife per 100,000 population in 2018/19, an increase of 1 offence per 100,000 population from 2017/18. Gwent had the lowest rate of 24 offences per 100,000 individuals (up by 5 from 2017/18).
Proven offences and offenders
In the year ending March 2019, there were 22,041 disposals given for possession of a knife or offensive weapon. Juveniles (aged 10-17) were the offenders in 21% of cases.
There were 5,149 finished consultant episodes (FCE) recorded in English hospitals in 2018/19 due to assault by a sharp object. This was an increase of 2% compared to 2017/18 and 41% higher than in 2014/15.
Says Helena - 'Britain has been here before...'
Glasgow was a war zone in the 1950's with knife and razor gangs. A tough judge, Lord Carmont, was sent to sort if out. He dished out shocking sentences starting with 5 years jail just for possession. Within ONE WEEK the nightmare of bloody streets changed course, permanently...
From Wikipedia: In 1952, when razor gangs were running amok in Glasgow, Lord Carmont went there from Edinburgh to preside over the High Court and after warning that future sentences might require to be more severe if the use of razors and other similar weapons did not cease forthwith, he then imposed sentences of up to 10 years' imprisonment on all those who appeared before him convicted of inflicting horrific injuries on others. One week later the Glasgow police had their first weekend since the war without a single slashing or similar attack. This incident resulted in the phrase "Doing a Carmont" entering the language of the underworld and the press.
Our feeble politicians and judiciary need to toughen up!
Over 44,000 incidents a year (excluding Manchester!) >> https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50080236
The level of violence in parts of Britain is sickening: teenager loses hand in gang fight with axe
In East Surrey - it is interesting to compare data from the police computer.
These numbers are for a one mile radius of Oxted and Horley stations, average monthly crimes, last three months: Oxted 62 (per month) recorded offences including anti-social behaviour, violence/sex offences, criminal damage/arson, burglary, drugs etc. Horley 1 mile radius/1 month: 326 offences...and little comment from the absent, now absconded 'Tory' MP. BUT THINK ABOUT EAST CROYDON, JUST TEN MILES AWAY: over 1000 recorded crimes a month, many very serious. No surprises why people are moving out...
CROYDON TOPS LEAGUE FOR KNIFE CRIMES IN SCHOOLS: READ HERE
'EU Open Door' immigration brings criminals as well as nice people, trying to get away from them. These statistics coming from a 'Freedom of Information' request HERE