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Knife Crime (12437/19)


  1. How many stabbings have there been in your area so far in 2019?
  2. How many of these stabbings have been fatal?
  3. How many stabbings were there in your area in 2014-2018 (inclusive and separated by year)?
  4. How many of these were fatal (separated out by year)?
  5. How much has knife crime in your area risen/decreased in the past five years (either by percentage or numerical figure)?
  6. How much has knife crime in your area risen/decreased in the past ten years (either by percentage or numerical figure)?
  7. How much has knife crime in your area risen/decreased in the past twenty years (either by percentage or numerical figure)?


Please see attached (12437_19_attachment.pdf) and note, there is no specifically titled offence of ‘stabbing’, therefore for questions 1, 2, 3 and 4 we have provided the total number of all knife crimes, broken down by offence type.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.