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Knife and offensive weapon offenses highest in England and Wales since 2010, [W/E] 13/06/2019

18.06.19

Statistics published by the Ministry of justice show that they dealt with 22,041 knife and offensive weapon offences between April 2018 and March 2019 in England and Wales.

This is the highest number of offences since April 2009-March 2010, when the Criminal Justice System (CJS) dealt with 23,667.

Most of these offences (63%) were the possession of an article with a blade or point.

The number of juvenile offenders convicted or cautioned between April 2014-March 2015 and April 2018-March 2019 increased 48%.

The number of people receiving custodial sentences is at its highest since this statistical series began. The increase over the last year, however, was accounted for by adult custodial sentences, which rose 6%, whereas juvenile custodial sentences fell 17% for the same period.

The Knife and Offensive weapon sentencing statistics are available on the Gov.uk website.