Blade Amnesties Fail to Halt Rise in Knife Crime; WEAPONS: New Report Challenges 'Incoherent' Strategy

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), August 10, 2006 | Go to article overview

Blade Amnesties Fail to Halt Rise in Knife Crime; WEAPONS: New Report Challenges 'Incoherent' Strategy


Byline: By Ben Griffin CRIME REPORTER

KNIFE crime has shot up in the last year and the strategy for dealing with it is "incoherent", according to a new report.

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, based at King's College in London, said the effectiveness of knife amnesties and tougher prison sentences were not proven.

The report said nationally, stranger violence involving knives rose 55 per cent between 2004-5 and 2005-6 from 33,400 incidents to 51,780.

Muggings in which a knife was used rose 73 per cent from 24,290 to 42,020 and robberies involving knives increased 59 per cent from 25,500 to 40,430.

Figures for Coventry are not available, but in the West Midlands in 2005 there were 2,859 victims of knife crime.

Police said the total number of recorded knife offences in the West Midlands had fallen each year since 2003, by a total of five per cent between 2003 and 2005.

The report comes in the wake of a high-profile police anti-knife campaign in Coventry which included an amnesty.

West Midlands Police today backed the campaign, which came after police had identified a trend - particularly among teenage boys - for knife-carrying. …

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