Young people are most at risk of falling victim of Knife Crime.
You never forget the sound a mother makes when told the devastating news that her child has died.
A total of 1,012 people aged between 10 and 19 were admitted to hospital with wounds caused by knives or sharp edge weapons last year alone.
The overall number of hospital admissions for injuries caused by sharp edge weapons has risen by to a third since 2012.
Stabbings in England and Wales
Have reached their highest level since records began more than 70 years ago. There was 285 homicides involving a knife or sharp edge weapons in the year up to March 2018, 73 more than in the previous year.
And the highest figure since the Home Office’s Homicide Index was founded in 1946.
The Office of National Statistics
Published figures showing an 8% rise in recorded knife crimes in the year up to September 2018. And a 19% rise in violent crime overall
The number of young individuals admitted to hospital with wounds inflicted by knives or sharp edge weapons has risen by more than half in England.
Total of 1,012 People
Aged between 10 and 19 were admitted to hospital with wounds caused by knives or sharp objects last year. Up from 656 hospital admissions in the same period five years earlier.
A total of 103 People
Aged under 24 were killed by sharp edge weapons in the year ending March 2018, compared to just 58 in 2012/13.
The overall admissions across all age groups for these injuries also rose by close to a third since 2012, from 3,849 to 4,986 last year.
Violent crime destroys lives
Devastates families. Far too many young people are able to buy knives on the high street. And we need councils and retailers to work together to stop this.
Knife crime is an epidemic which the government has failed to grip. Imprisoning a young person as young as 12 for two years for breaching this order is completely disproportionate