Knife crime offences are at a nine-year high across England and Wales according to official figures released today by the Ministry of Justice, revealing the devastating effect the recent epidemic is having on Britain’s streets.
Over 22,000 offences which involved the use of potential use of a knife were recorded in England and Wales in the year to March, 72% of which were committed by first-time offenders.
Whilst the average sentence for knife-related crime has risen marginally since 2017-2018 from 7.1 months to 7.9 months, only 37.3% of offenders were handed an immediate custodial sentence.
Perhaps even more worringly, the number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at the highest since records began in 1946.
The uptrend in offences at the beginning of 2019 suggest the number of knife-crime offences may continue to rise. 3,682 offences were recorded in the first three months of this calendar year, the highest quarterly total since 2007.