473 knives confiscated over four months in one London court

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division at the High Court of Justice, has revealed shocking figures that highlight the extent of knife-carrying in the capital city.

Delivering a speech at Gray’s Inn, the senior judge said that nearly 500 knives of over three inches in length were confiscated at the Central Family Court in Holborn in the first four months of 2019, with a further 230 being discovered elsewhere on the premises.

McFarlane described the phenomenon as “one of the regular challenges now presented to the staff and security teams” at London courts and that “it simply seems to be a facet of everyday life in 2019 for some members of the population to carry a weapon with them at all times”.

With knife crime continuing to spiral out of control in London, the fact that people are now bringing knives to courthouses should serve as a stark reminder of the extent of the problem. It’s time for politicians to show some strength and take decisive action.