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Over 7,000 knife crime cases across the Midlands last year

  • Record levels of knife crime in England and Wales last year.
  • 40,829 offences recorded by police forces in 2018.
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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.

cases of knife crime offences across the East and West Midlands in 2018.
offences recorded by police forces in England and Wales in 2018, up 6% on the year before.

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%)
An 18-year-old man who was stabbed to death in the Harborne area of Birmingham on Wednesday evening. Credit: ITV Central

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.

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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.