Recorded knife crime with injury

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Knife crime with injury figures recorded on London Datastore show that offences have risen by 51% in the last six months. There were 222 incidents in March this year and the latest figures released from September show 335 incidents. Seven out of nine of the teenagers murdered in London this year died from stab wounds, including David Maxwell who died in Southwark on Halloween. What work are you doing to tackle this important issue?


Answer for Recorded knife crime with injury

Answer for Recorded knife crime with injury

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London remains a safe city for the vast majority of people. The latest knife crime statistics do not show a rise in overall knife crime. For the period April-September 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 the MPS has recorded an 11.2 per cent reduction (5189 compared 4610 offences) However, most serious violence and assault with injury where a knife has been used is increasing by +8.7% and +7.7% respectively. This issue was discussed in detail at the recent Police and Crime Committee.

We are monitoring the situation closely and MOPAC and the MPS are conducting detailed analysis to understand what is driving this increase. Early indications are that the biggest increases are in violence in the home (domestic abuse). We believe that the increase in domestic abuse may be due to increased confidence to report this type of offence.

Street-based violence is also going up; however this is concentrated in town centre hotspots, and at night-time. Night-time economy accounts for nearly a quarter of all violence with injury offences and these take place within a number of key boroughs.

MOPAC will be undertaking work with each of the key boroughs, bringing together partners to collectively deliver solutions that are tailored to local needs.

London is not alone in the recorded rise in violence with injury - 36 of the 44 forces in England & Wales have recorded a rise for the most recent quarter available (January-March 2014). This reaffirms that this is not just an issue for the MPS it is currently a national issue.