The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime has released a statement about today's statistics from the Office for National Statistics about crime in England and Wales.
The APPG is co-chaired by Vauxhall MP Florence Eshalomi and Coventry North West MP Taiwo Owatemi, and supported by the charities Barnardo’s and Redthread.
In a statement they said: “Today’s figures are a stark reminder that knife crime, along with other forms of serious violence and child criminal exploitation, have not stopped during the pandemic. If anything it may have masked the scale of the problem.
“Before lockdown knife crime figures were at a record high and we expect them to rise further in the coming months. As a society, we must get to grips with the issue. We need to address the poverty of hope felt by many children and young people across the country, who see little or no chance of a positive future. Many are extremely vulnerable and are caught in a vicious cycle: they carry knives because they don’t feel safe, or because they are being controlled and exploited by criminal gangs.
"The Government must use the opportunity of the Serious Violence Bill to lead a joined up approach to tackling knife crime and other forms of serious violence. We look forward to working with Ministers to ensure the legislation improves support and safeguards for vulnerable young people, because we cannot simply police our way out of this problem."