In the short feature “On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London’s streets”, the BBC cameras capture a moped-gang’s armed theft of a deliveryman’s bike, anti-knife activists speaking with at-risk youth, the discovery of stashed knives in parks, and interviews a gang member who is a “habitual knife carrier”.
Across England and Wales an incident involving a blade or sharp object takes place, on average, every 14 minutes. Of the 37,000 incidents in the past 12 months, more than 13,000 offences were committed in London.
The situation is entirely out of control, and yet knife-related criminal prosecutions are actually falling across the country.
From the Independent:
Knife crimes are rising across the country – but police forces are prosecuting fewer cases, according to new data.
Freedom of Information responses from 30 out of 43 police forces across England and Wales, obtained by BBC News, found that the number of knife crimes that led to perpetrators being charged or taken to court has fallen by 8 per cent from 2015 to 2016.
The political class seems completely incapable of dealing with the problem of youth violence. It isn’t just knives. Acid attacks are on the rise as authorities try to focus their attention on knives. Police chase the symptom, including the confiscation of sticks, instead of tackling the social problems underlying the violence.