Knife crime rises to record levels in England and Wales as homicides hit highest in a decade

Knife crime rises to record levels in England and Wales as homicides hit highest in a decade

Knife crime has risen to record levels in England and Wales with some areas seeing an increase of up to 35 per cent in a year, official figures show.

Police recorded 40,829 offences involving knives or sharp instruments in 2018, up six per cent on the year before and the highest level since records began in 2008/9.

Homicides were also up by 6.1 per cent to732 their highest for a decade with four in ten involving a knife or sharp instrument.

Violent crime recorded by police was up by 19.1 per cent from 1.35 million offences to 1.6m, its highest rate for more than a decade.

Robberies recorded by police were up by 11.3 per cent to 82,600, the highest level since 2008, while overall police recorded crime increased by seven per cent to 5.8m offences, its highest since 2004.

The continued rise in knife crime comes as police chiefs have secured an extra £100 million to mount a surge in the seven worst hit areas in an attempt to reverse the trend.

Earlier this month Theresa May and Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, held a Downing Street summit to launch plans for a multi-agency “public health” approach to the crisis with a legal duty on doctors, teachers and police to report children at risk of being drawn into knife crime.

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