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Knife crime statistics

Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This briefing paper summarises the available statistics relating to knife crime. Knife crime is a persistent and worrying concern, especially as it impacts particularly upon young people and the disadvantaged, and various remedies have been tried over the years.

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Knife crime is a persistent and worrying concern, especially as it impacts particularly upon young people and the disadvantaged, and various remedies have been tried over the years.

Recorded crime

In 2015/ 2016, there were 28,859 (selected) offences involving a sharp instrument, in England and Wales. This was 9% higher compared to 2014/15 but 12% lower than in 2010/11.

Homicide

There were 213 homicides using a sharp instrument in 2015/16, accounting for 37% of all homicides. This was an increase from 186 cases in 2014/15 (36% of all homicides).

Knife crime by police force area

London recorded the highest rate of 114 offences involving a knife per 100,000 population[1] in 2015/16. This was a decrease of 41 offences from 156 per 100,000 people in 2010/11. Surrey had the lowest rate of 6 offences per 100,000 individuals.

Proven offences and offenders

In 2016 there were 18,322 proven offences for possession of a knife or offensive weapon

Average custodial sentence length (ACSL) for offences involving knives have increased since 1996. In 2016 the ACSL exceeded 6.5 months for the first time.

Hospital admissions

NHS data for 2015/16, shows the highest annual increase of 12% in sharp object related finished hospital admission episodes since 1998/99.

 

 

 

 

 

Commons Briefing papers SN04304

Authors: Grahame Allen; Lukas Audickas

Topics: Crime, Crimes of violence, Offensive weapons

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