Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Missing the Point of Knife Figures; Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Missing the Point of Knife Figures; Your Say

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BILL Popplewell (Headlines Spell It Out, 18.06.09) suggests I am on a different planet from him over knife crime. If he chooses to base his views on a couple of headlines then I suggest he is in a very odd world indeed.

What I actually called for was, and I quote from my statement, "the need to strike the right balance between tackling knife crime and recognising the true scale of the problem".

The facts are these. For the year 2007/8, out of a total of 22,151 recorded offences involving knives recorded by forces in England and Wales, 169 were in Cleveland, that is well below the numbers recorded in most other metropolitan force areas.

I also pointed out our determination to use every opportunity to remove knives from the streets, for example the amnesty campaign last autumn, which was a direct result of suggestions from the Stockton Youth Advisory Group, resulted in over a thousand weapons being handed in and our stop and search activities between October last year and the end of March led to 220 people being arrested for carrying offensive weapons. …

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