The real truth about knife crime: Home Office claims it is stable but new figures show it up by 35 per cent in some areas
Our new figures show that almost every major city is facing soaring levels of stabbings and knifepoint muggings – casting doubt on Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s reassurances about the safety of our streets.
The data shows the problem is not confined to London – where 53 people have been stabbed to death so far this year – but is a rising concern in most urban areas.
...Six people were murdered by knives within 24 hours last week, four of them in London.
What are they going to do, ban knives? Well, yeah...
'Jail Anyone Who Carries A Knife'
The Conservative Party leadernow says anyone found carrying a knife should be jailed.
Last month the Prime Minister said everyone, from the age of 16 upwards, should be prosecuted for carrying a knife, but there was no mention of an automatic prison sentence.
...And, in an interview with The Sun, he said: "We have to send the strongest possible message that carrying a knife is completely unacceptable in Britain, end of subject."
He went on: "It is not a minor offence. There is no excuse for carrying a knife when you walk out of your door.
"We have a real problem of epidemic proportions. Eighteen kids in London have been stabbed to death this year. If we don't do something now it will go on and on."
First guns, now knives, what's next?
People Kill People