- Record levels of knife crime in England and Wales last year.
- 40,829 offences recorded by police forces in 2018.
Knife crime across England and Wales rose to record levels last year, according to new figures.
Across the Midlands, there were 7,706 cases of knife crime offences - an increase of 13% in the East Midlands and 14% in the West Midlands.
Here are the figures for knife crime in the Midlands in 2018, followed by the percentage increase compared to 2017:
- Derby - 581 (+22%)
- Leicestershire - 824 (+18%)
- Lincolnshire - 259 (+15%)
- Northamptonshire - 487 (+4%)
- Nottinghamshire - 889 (+9%)
- West Midlands - 3,210 (+17%)
- Staffordshire - 704 (+6%)
- West Mercia - 495 (+11%)
- Warwickshire - 257 (+8%)
One of the latest killings was that of an 18-year-old man who was stabbed to death in the Harborne area of Birmingham on Wednesday evening.
The data from the Office for National Statistics shows cases of murder and manslaughter, excluding terror attacks, increased by 12%.
There were 732 killings, up from 655 in 2017, the highest since 2008.
However, overall levels of crime showed no significant change over the period.
The figures come after a spate of knife crimes involving young people triggered a political row over cuts to police funding.
More than 50 people have been stabbed to death in Britain in 2019 so far, and many more have been seriously injured.
Just 6 weeks ago, the cousin of ITV weatherman Alex Beresford was killed in a knife attack.
In a personal investigation for ITV Tonight, Alex reports from the front line of a national tragedy and searches for a solution to our knife crime problem.
In the West Midlands Alex is introduced to ‘D’, who says he is 25 years old and heads a gang running drugs. He says most of the young people who work for him carry knives and describes the situation in Britain as “lawless”.
Watch ‘Knife Crime & Me - Tonight’ on ITV at 7.30pm.