Crime

England’s top knife crime hotspots – Anna Makeeva

London has the highest rate of knife crime in the country, according to the latest police figures.

In the capital, there were 14,902 recorded offences involved knives and sharp instruments between April 2018 and March 2019. This is 189,9 offences per 1,000 people.

The closest rate is 137,6 per 1,000 people, which was registered in Great Manchester. However, the total number of offences there was 3,620. This means that the difference between the heights figure in London and the next one in Great Manchester is 11,282 offences.

The data shows figures for Greater London, excluding City of London (called London) and City of London separately. The source: ONS.

West Midlands (with 3428 offences), West Yorkshire (with 2674), and Thames Valley area (covered Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire — with 1514) were also in the top five areas by a total number of recorded crimes.

Although the rate by 1,000 people looked slightly different: with Merseyside on the fifth place, the more detailed configuration can be seen on the map below.

The most dramatic increase in the number of offences in the last year was recorded for Great Manchester. There was a rise in 53,95% in the total number of crimes from 1953 in 2018 to 3620 in 2019.

The only areas in England where the rate has been declined were Cambridshire (where the difference between 2018 and 2019 were -19, 6); Essex (-12,8); Durham (-11,1); Hampshire (-2,9); Cleveland (-1,9); Cheshire (-0,39) and Staffordshire (-0.28).

The overall number of knife crime in England has been continuously increasing over the last few years.



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