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Fatal Stabbings (155A/24)


a. The number of fatal stabbings investigated by West Midlands police for the last five years? (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

b. The youngest victim for each year?


See table below and Please Note the following statement:

“Clearly there are people out there who think it’s acceptable to carry a knife.

“Carrying a knife is never the right thing to do. There are serious, life-changing consequences for people who make the choice to carry one.

“Every time you do, you run the risk of arrest, or being involved in a serious crime which can have deadly consequences. It can ruin your life, and the lives of countless others who may be affected by your actions.

“The police can’t solve this issue on our own. This is a shared responsibility across the West Midlands, and policing works closely with partners through the Violence Reduction Partnership.

“This means together we can focus on the causes of violence and the reasons why young people get drawn into a life of crime to deter and divert young people from criminal and anti-social activities.

“Our work is ongoing and it’s important we all play a part in continuing to reduce violence.”

Table – Fatal Stabbings, 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2023:

Year Total Youngest victim (age in years)
2019 20 16
2020 25 15
2021 22 14
2022 23 5
2023 20 16

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