Monday, December 21, 2009
Latest stabbing statistics: slow progress (Dec 09)?
December 2009: Hospital figures show wounding by knives / sharp stabbing, slashing-type weapons and (potential) deadly instruments is still over 5300 (but that's an eight per cent fall on last year).
And the number of jail terms being handed down by judges increased in the last quarter of 2008 with length of sentence rising from 133 days to 184 days.
Details here in The Guardian's piece about these latest knife crime statistics. And more knife crime stats here.
Upset to report that an 18-year-old lad is stabbed to death in Bow, east London on Sunday, less than a week until Christmas :'-(
Doesn't seem like much progress against knife criminals, does it? So much more to do.