Knife possession at nine-year high, Ministry of Justice figures show
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The number of people caught carrying knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales has reached a nine-year high.
Figures for the year to March show 22,041 offences were dealt with by police and the courts.
The Ministry Of Justice says this has increased 34% since 2015, and is the highest number since 2010.
Almost two-thirds of cases did not result in immediate prison - but for those jailed, the average term was 7.9 months, up from 7.1 months in 2017-18.
The figures record the number of people possessing or making threats with blades or offensive weapons that resulted in a conviction or caution.
It comes amid a national debate on the issue of knife crime, following a spate of assaults and killings involving young people.
According to the MoJ, one in five of those convicted or cautioned was aged between 10 and 17, a slight fall on the previous year.
The MoJ started to report the figures in March 2009.
They also show:
In 2018-19, the criminal justice system dealt with 13,986 offences of possession of an article with a blade or point
There were 7,175 cases of possession of an offensive weapon other than a knife or a blade, and 880 where a blade or weapon was used to make threats
The percentage of incidents resulting in an immediate custodial sentence was 37.3%, the same as the previous year
Suspended sentences rose from 18.9% to 19% during the period, while the percentage of those receiving a caution dropped slightly
72% of people found with a knife or offensive were first-time offenders
The MoJ said the average custodial sentence imposed had increased from 7.2 to 7.9 months for adults and 5.9 to 7.7 months for 16- and 17-year-olds.
Charlotte Pickles, from the Reform think tank, said the figures suggested that tougher sentences were not an answer to knife crime, adding: "Politicians focusing on law enforcement are mistaken - you cannot arrest your way out of this."
She said the "root causes - poverty, school exclusion, poor mental health and drugs must be addressed."
Javed Khan, the chief executive of the charity Barnardo's, said: "Knife crime is a symptom of a much bigger problem. When young people feel there is little or no possibility of a positive future... they are vulnerable to exploitation and criminality."
In March, Home Secretary, and leadership hopeful Sajid Javid, called for knife crime to be treated "like a disease", saying he wanted a legal duty on government departments to help prevent serious violence.
Responding to the latest figures, justice minister Robert Buckland said the government was committed to doing everything in its power to stop knife crime and its devastating consequences.
He added the Offensive Weapons Act, which came into effect last month, will make it harder for young people to buy knives and help the police target those most at risk of being drawn into violence.
KNIFE BLOODBATH Shepherd’s Bush stabbing – man in 20s fighting for life after being knifed in West London
By Thomas Burrows
13 Jun 2019, 19:09Updated: 13 Jun 2019, 19:48
A MAN in his 20s is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed in West London today.
The man was knifed on Becklow Gardens, in Shepherd's Bush, close to the Westfield shopping centre.
Officers remain at the scene of the stabbing on Becklow Gardens, in West LondonCredit: @999London
There have been no arrests and inquiries are ongoing.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called by the London Ambulance at 3.32pm today to reports of a man stabbed on Becklow Gardens, W12.
"Officers and London's Air Ambulance attended.
"The man, who is believed to be aged 20, was taken to a central London hospital in a critical condition.
"A crime scene remains in place."
Any witnesses should call police on 101 quoting reference CAD 4747/13Jun.
Two teenagers die in 12 minutes just 12 miles apart in stabbing and shooting as London's blood-drenched streets see their 57th and 58th murders
Two teenage boys have been murdered in south London within 12 minutes today
One victim was stabbed to death in Wandsworth, south London at 4.42pm
A second boy shot near Hartville Road in Plumstead at 4.54pm
The victims are the 57th and 58th people murdered in the capital during 2019
By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
Published: 20:11, 14 June 2019 | Updated: 21:59, 14 June 2019
Two teenage boys have been murdered in separate incidents within 12 minutes of each other in south London today.
The first victim was stabbed on Deeside Road, Wandsworth at 4.42pm and died a short time later. The second boy was shot dead in a car park on Hartville Road, Plumstead at 4.54pm, some 12 miles away.
Three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the Plumstead murder. They have been taken for questioning to separate south London police stations.
Nobody has yet been arrested in connection with the Wandsworth stabbing.
A teenage boy was shot dead in this car park in Hartville Road, Plumstead shortly before 5pm today. He was the second teenager to die violently in the capital within 12 minutes
A teenage boy was stabbed to death in Deeside Road, Wandsworth at 16.42 today. A second teenage boy was shot dead at 16.54 in a car park on Hartville Road, Plumstead
The boy, who is believed to be in his late teens was found in a car park in Hartville Road, Plumstead shortly before 5pm.
Emergency services battled to save the boy's life but he died at the scene.
Today's murders are believed to be the 57th and 58th murders so far this year in the capital.
Police are currently trying to notify the both victims next of kin as soon as possible. A post mortem will be carried out in each case.
A Met spokesman said: 'Police were called to Deeside Road, SW17 at 1642hrs on Friday, June 14 following reports of a stabbing. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a male, believed to be aged in his late teens in a critical condition.
'He died at the scene a short while later.
'A crime scene remains in place and police are appealing for anyone with information on what happened to call them urgently on 101 quoting CAD reference 5877/14June.'
Detectives confirmed they are following a number of leads.
Scotland Yard warned local residents in Wandsworth and Plumstead that they will see a heavy police presence as a result of both crimes.
Anyone with information on the Plumstead murder can call police urgently on 101 quoting CAD reference 6004/14June.
Witnesses or anyone with information on either crime can call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan released a statement condemning the murders.
He said: 'I am sickened to hear that two young lives have been ended within minutes of each other in Wandsworth and Greenwich.
'Our overstretched police are working around the clock to keep Londoners safe. They need our support to end this scourge of violence.
'I am in close contact with the Metropolitan Police and locally elected representatives.
'Anybody who has information about what happened either in Wandsworth or Greenwich should do the right thing and call the police, either on 101 or anonymously, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.'
Liverpool teenagers 'paid money to stab other youths'
By Matthew Price and Layla Wright
BBC Beyond Today podcast
9 hours ago
More than 22,000 knife and weapon offences were recorded nationally in the past year
Teenagers are being offered up to £1,000 by gang leaders in Liverpool to stab other youngsters, the BBC has learned.
They told the BBC Beyond Today podcast bounties were being offered by "elders" who wanted to avoid carrying out the attacks themselves.
The claims have been linked to at least one recent stabbing.
Merseyside Police said it was aware organised crime groups used violence to settle disputes.
In a statement the force did not directly address the teenagers' claims.
But it said gangs were known to exploit "young and vulnerable people to sell... drugs and even to use violence".
Some teenagers said bounties of up to £1,000 were being offered
The teenagers, who wish to remain anonymous because they fear reprisals, said: "Young kids are getting money put on their heads."
One boy told the BBC that his best friend was the target of a £1,000 bounty.
He said a group attacked the victim, who then needed treatment in hospital. Two teenagers then split the bounty.
He said people would go to watch "straighteners" - a fight arranged to resolve a dispute - where people were "getting stabbed".
He added that senior gang members have said: "Here's five ton [£500] each - go and do it."
"And they'll go and do it because they'll think, if I do this, then I'll get more money and I'll get more respect from the elders."
Last year, Merseyside Police had one of the biggest increases in recorded knife offences with a 35% rise, according to official statistics.
The force recorded 1,231 offences involving a knife in 2018.
Fourth London murder in four days as police step up patrols
Police are using "operational tactics in targeted locations" to reassure residents after three fatal stabbings and a shooting.
Monday 17 June 2019 07:06, UK
Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed in east London - as patrols are increased across the capital following a number of stabbing and shooting deaths in recent days.
Scotland Yard said "specialist units" were undertaking "high-visibility patrols".
There are also "operational tactics in targeted locations to prevent further violence and to provide reassurance to the communities in those areas", said deputy assistant commissioner Matthew Twist.
Shocked neighbours tell of hearing blood-curdling screams after boy, 15, was stabbed more than TWENTY times in 2am cul-de-sac attack that left him fighting for his life
Teenager was knifed in early hours of this morning shortly after 2am in Luton
Bedfordshire Police say he was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries
Officers are investigating 'shocking incident' and described it as 'horrific' attack
Detectives say it is 'absolutely vital' for anyone with information to get in touch
By Mark Duell for MailOnline
Published: 12:45, 18 June 2019 | Updated: 15:49, 18 June 2019
Neighbours heard blood-curdling screams after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed more than 20 times in an attack that left him fighting for his life.
The teenager was knifed in the early hours of this morning shortly after 2am in a cul-de-sac in Luton and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Kaycee Andrews, 18, who lives with her family nearby and had been looking at her phone at the time, said she heard two to three minutes of screaming.
Five killed in six days as man dies after north London stabbing
Two others were injured after a fight in Barnet on Tuesday night, police said
Wed 19 Jun 2019 08.05 BST
First published on Wed 19 Jun 2019 06.41 BST
The fifth murder investigation in London in six days is beginning after a victim in a triple stabbing died in hospital.
Police and paramedics called to reports of a fight in Wellbeck Road, Barnet, at about 11.50pm on Tuesday found three men with stab wounds. A man in his 30s who was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital died shortly after midnight.
Two other injured men – one in his 20s and another in his 30s – were not in a life-threatening condition, the Metropolitan police said.
On Wednesday morning, murder detectives were investigating in the residential street of mostly terraced houses, with the area around the scene of the fight cordoned off.
Inquiries were continuing and there had been no arrests, police said, urging any witnesses or potential informants to contact them.
I lived briefly in Welbeck road it was a nice mixed suburb of new and Victorian houses. I lived with a Jewish lady as there was an off shoot community from Stamford hill living there. I can not imagine how it has got to this situation but its been a long time since I lived there or been back.
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