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Knife possession crimes by women and girls up 82% in South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire saw a rise 82% over five years, with 248 knife possession crimes involving women and girls. Credit: PA Images

The number of women and girls committing knife possession crimes in South Yorkshire has risen by 82% over the past five years.

New figures show this type of offence has gone up by 10% each year since 2014 in England.

Between 2014 and 2018 there were more than 5,800 female knife possession crimes recorded. 1,509 happened last year, which shows an increase of 73% over five years.

In South Yorkshire 248 of these crimes were recorded over five years.

82%
Increase recorded by South Yorkshire Police
54%
Increase recorded by Merseyside Police
52%
Increase recorded by London Metropolitan Police
50%
Increase in Greater Manchester

Almost a quarter of knife possession offences involved girls under the age of 18, with the youngest aged seven.