I don’t know about you but I was getting quite depressed hearing all the stories in the media about stabbings in Greater London, so I asked the Met two simple questions, which they answered (that was a surprise);
1. How many black males under the age of 20 have been killed or injured by knife crime in the first 3 months of 2016?
2. How many white males under the age of 20 have been killed or injured by knife crime in the first 3 months of 2016?
The Met cheekily granted themselves a small extension, but to be fair they did supply with some data, which is easy to digest.
The answer to question 1 was 2 fatalities and 113 injuries, of which 77 were Moderate to Serious.
The answer to qurestion 2 was 0 fatalities and 51 injuries of which 28 were Moderate to Serious.
They then went further than I had asked them to and broke the figures down even more for me, apologies for the corruption in the image, that wass how I was sent it.
It is reasonably self-evident where the problem lies, what can’t speak can’t fudge.
What does scream loudly from the page is that in the first 3 months of this year 166 young people were injured by Knife Crime in London.
166 young lives affected in some way by knives and violence.
2 young people never went home.
I know that London isn’t mirrored everywhere in the UK but surely it is indicative of just what is hapopening on our streets?
How do we tackle Knife Crime? How can we reduce these awful figures?
- EDUCATION – teach the young of the dangers of carrying knives, what they can do, what knioves can do to them.
- Stop and Search – most, if not all, knives are carried through the streets at some point, and most, if not all, of the above offences were committed in the street.
- I can’t actually think of a #3, perhaps you could fill me in.