23 Jul Kamran’s View on Crime
Office for National Statistics have revealed that the number of violent offences involving weapons continues to rise in England and Wales. In March 2018, offences involving knives or sharp instruments had risen by 16% to 40,147. The total number of homicides (murder and manslaughter) also rose by 12% from the previous year.
At the same time, separate statistics released by the Home Office show that the number of police officers fell in the year, to 122,404 officers as of 31 March, from 123,142 a year ago. It is the lowest number of police officers since comparable records began in 1996.
The statistics once again highlight that the country is in the grip of a knife crime wave. This is a national crisis, yet, Conservative Ministers are refusing to give a real boost to police budgets and specialist anti-knife crime work.
The new Home Secretary has got to prove he is up to the job, and he must start by urgently funding more community police officers and investing in specialist anti-knife crime projects and youth services.