15 November 2018
United Kingdom

Knife Crime in London – Still Escalating


Yet another two knifing incidents in London on Wednesday brought the figures, and fear in the Capital, to an all-time high.

A teenager in White City suffered life-threatening wounds just after midday, and within two hours a second victim in Hackney, was taken to hospital  in a serious condition.

Knife Crime Statistics

There have been five fatal stabbings in London within the last week – and 119 so far in 2018.  This increase is escalating, and fear for those living in the Capital is increasing.

This increase is not confined to London, but statistics  show a rise throughout England and Wales with 40,137 offences to the year ending March 2018 – 16% up on the previous year.

The Doctors View

Trauma doctors have spoken out in the city and recommended that school leaving times are staggered.  The average age of victims of knife crime is dropping, with a “sharp increase” in those in the 14-16  age bracket.  For those in that category the most likely time to be stabbed is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. when youths congregate after school.  

The Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London has said that solving knife crime “will take a decade.”  He cites cuts to police budgeting  as one cause, stating, “Most senior officers in the Country say it’s naïve not to think there is a link between a cut in numbers and an increasing violent crime rate.”  Meanwhile, only 36% of those arrested are receiving custodial sentences.

The London Assembly is investing millions in increasing policing, working with young people, tackling gang violence and working with the different communities to bring people together to work against this at grass roots level.  

So far though this investment is not being seen in the statistics, or the emergency rooms of London.  


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Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt is a freelance writer and current French student with a particular interest in current affairs, languages and history.Now that their adult children are all gainfully occupied elsewhere Sarah and her husband live between the UK and France with a much loved dog.

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