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London knife crime reaches record high, figures reveal

Almost 15,000 knife crimes were committed in London over a 12-month period, taking them to their highest ever level.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Thursday revealed 14,987 knife crimes were committed across the capital over a year up to June.

The statistics show a 15 per cent rise in knife crimes compared to the previous 12 months. Ninety-one knife killings, 170 rapes or sexual assaults using a knife, in addition to 8,363 knife-point robberies.

Furthermore, there were a total of 5,570 crimes involving a knife resulted in injury or a serious attempt to cause harm to the victim.

Overall, it means 40 knife crimes take place every day across London.

The 91 knife-related killings means there has been an 11 per cent increased in such deaths over the 12-month period in question, heaping pressure on Sadiq Khan, the government and police to find a solution.