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Assembly responds to the number of knife crime offences

18 July 2019

The police have released the number of recorded knife crime offences for every force in England and Wales in 2018/19.

In response to the London figures, Chairman of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee, Unmesh Desai AM, said:

“The Metropolitan Police reported a 1% rise in knife crime offences. This is a smaller rise than in other big cities, but still accounts for nearly 15,000 offences in 2018/19, and shows the issue is far from being resolved.


“The City of London recorded a rise in offences from 26 to 60; a jump of 131%. The Committee will be interested in understanding the reasons behind this rise.

“The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee know how hard the Met is working to help keep Londoners and the streets safe, but these figures show that there is still more work to be done to ensure that London is a safe city for everyone.”

Notes to editors

  1. Unmesh Desai AM, Chairman of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  2. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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