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.
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.
There were more offences linked to a robbery, especially in the London area where there were more than 110 offences per 1,000 last year. The assaults with injury or intending serious harm also got the height rate in any of the top five areas.
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).
After two 17-years-old were killed in March 2019, the government promised to increase funding to tackle knife crime. An extra £100m will go to the seven police forces where violence is highest, former Chancellor Philip Hammond said.
In July the House of Commons home affairs select committee called the government for actions to tackle the problem. There was a demand to increase investments in youth services and prevention work.
More than a year ago, in March 2018 the Home office had launched the campaign against the knife crime with a #knifefree slogan. It coasted £1.35m and focused on reaching a young audience. The latest Home Office initiative inside the campaign was the releasing knife free chicken boxes in over 210 chicken shops across England and Wales in August 2019.