‘Most at Risk’: Knife and Offensive Weapon Offences Reach Highest Level for Decade in UK

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In the year ending March 2019 37 percent of knife offences resulted in an immediate custodial sentence, compared with 22 percent in 2009 when the data was first published. The figures don’t include offences of possession, threatening with an offensive weapon or possession of an article with a blade or point, murders or assaults.

Knife and offensive weapon offences have risen in the UK to their highest level in nearly a decade, figures published by the Ministry of Justice have revealed.

The stats show there were 22,041 knife and weapon offences in the year ending March 2019, representing an increase of 34 percent since 2015, when the total was 16,438, and the highest rate since 2010, when the figure was 23,667.

​The number of juvenile offenders convicted or cautioned for possession or threats using a knife or offensive weapon increased by 48 percent between March 2015 and March 2019.

The increase in adult offenders over the same period was 31 percent – adult offenders still accounted for 74 percent of the total increase in cautions and convictions during the period. There was also an increasing number of repeat offenders, with the proportion of offenders with a previous knife or offensive weapon offence rising to 28 percent, the highest level since 2009, when it was 20 percent.

In March, over 10,000 knives were seized and 1,372 suspects arrested during a week-long knife crime crackdown – officers carried…

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