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Action to help stem knife crime is vital as stats show 16% rise

Release Date: 19 Jul 2018

There has been a 16% increase in the numbers of knife crimes, in the last financial year compared to the previous one, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Barnardo's is working with an all-party parliamentary group of MPs and Red Threads youth work charity to investigate the root causes of knife crime.

Barnardo's Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

Statistics released today showing a 16% increase in the numbers of knife crimes, and that the proportion of murders involving a knife has jumped from 30% to 40%, compared to last year, make sombre reading.

From Barnardo’s work with the most vulnerable children and young people, we know that the reason they get involved in knife crime or gangs can be complex, but action to help stem the increase is vital.

We are currently working with an all-party parliamentary group of MPs to investigate the root causes of knife crime - with particular focus on prevention and early intervention.  Hopefully, this inquiry will result in some much needed focus on how to support young people to build a better and more positive future for themselves.

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