Knife-related murders and sex attacks soar in a year

When boys are failing at school, ending up on street corners, parents not caring enough, finding a gang to join, dealing with drugs then what were expecting?

On top of that the lockdowns are not helping, in fact, they’ve made things worse.

Article from the Times newspaper below…

The number of violent criminals threatening to kill with knives rose by more than a fifth last year in a sign of Britain’s growing knife epidemic.

Sexual assaults involving blades increased by a quarter and robberies using knives by 9 per cent, according to annual Home Office statistics published today.

The number of murders and attempted murders using knives also rose in the year to March 2020.

The figures lay bare the level of knife crime before the Covid-19 pandemic hit last year, and come after Boris Johnson warned the public this month that violent crime was likely to “rebound” when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The prime minister spoke out after the murder of Sven Badzak, 22, an aspiring lawyer, this month, who was chased by a gang and stabbed to death “for daring to go to Waitrose” in Kilburn, northwest London.

Johnson promised to do “absolutely everything” to fight knife crime and vowed to ensure a “tough policing policy response” to the high number of knife offences already this year.

In one weekend this month there was a spate of stabbings in London, with 14 injured and two killed in only 24 hours.

Home Office statistics show that between April 2019 and March 2020, police recorded 4,344 threats to kill with a knife — a 22 per cent increase on the previous year.

The number of robberies went up from 18,518 to 20,196.

There were 20,425 knife assaults with intent to cause serious harm, roughly the same as the previous year.

However, there were 262 murders with knives last year, up 5 per cent, while attempted murders with knives also increased from 409 to 442.

The number of sexual assaults using knives increased from 156 to 196 but the number of rape offences involving knives fell 8 per cent to 483, police records show.

Kit Malthouse, the minister for crime and policing, said: “Too many young lives are being needlessly lost. We are working closely with the police and others to stop this senseless bloodshed, particularly as Covid restrictions are eased over coming months.

“We are making sure the police have the resources and support they need, including bolstering their ranks with 20,000 new officers. At the same time, the government is investing millions into Violence Reduction Units to tackle the root causes of violent crime, while our £200 million Youth Endowment Fund supports vital projects that steer young people away from a life of crime.