Knife crime has no place on our streets and the Government continues to work with the police and partners, including retailers, to ensure that we reduce violence and knife crime. The latest criminal justice statistics show that more people are getting custodial sentences for carrying a knife, and for longer.
Information on knife crimes is published regularly on gov.uk. The latest publication is available at:
The table below shows number of offenders aged 18-20 sentenced to immediate custody for less than 12 months for knife possession offences in London, 2010- 2014 the latest annual statistics.
Table 1: Number of offenders aged 18-20 sentenced to immediate custody for less than 12 months for knife possession offences in London, 2010- 2014
Number of Offenders
1. Data relates to offences prosecuted by a London Police Force and not for offenders that reside in London.
2. All data have been taken from the MoJ extract of the Police National Computer. This includes details of all convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings given for recordable offences (see www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2000/1139/schedule/made for definition). It is therefore possible that some offenders presented in the table above have previously also received convictions for offences not recorded on the PNC.
3. Knife possession offences include:
• Having an article with a blade or a point in a public place. Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139 (1) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 Section 3 (1).
• Having an article with a blade or a point on school premises. Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139 (2) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 Section 4 (1).
• Threaten with an offensive weapon in a public place.
• Threaten with a blade/sharply pointed article on a school premises
• Threaten with an offensive weapon on a school premises.
• Threaten with a blade/sharply pointed article in a public place.