Facts on knife crime in the UK

  • Almost half of all knife crime in the UK takes place in London, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands
  • 60% of knife crime attacks in London are carried out in a gang context
  • In 2010-11, one in seven of all emergency hospital admissions for assault among 13-24 year olds involved a knife or sharp object
  • The Government has identified 32 priority areas where gang and youth violence is most prevalent

(Sources: Metropolitan Police, Home Office)

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Extra funding to tackle gangs

The Home Office has announced an extra £500,000 of funding to help tackle gang and youth violence. It will also expand its frontline services to cover three more priority areas.