The spectre of knife crime has not gone away during the pandemic. While some crime categories fell as a result of the lockdown – including some areas of violent crime – there has been no let up in the number of attacks involving blades.
What has happened in recent weeks?
Following a spate of attacks around the UK in recent weeks, MPs have called for knife crime to be declared a national epidemic, while a number of police forces have launched initiatives aiming to tackle the root cause of the issue. In the West Midlands, where our UK office is based, they have seen more than their fair share of tragedy related to knife crime in recent years.
Knives in schools.
A staggering number of lives that have been needlessly curtailed at the end of a blade.
Worryingly, some parts of the region are seeing increasing numbers of children taking knives into schools.
What education chiefs say.
According to education chiefs, this is a product of rising gang-related tensions in some communities, meaning that teenagers feel the need to carry a weapon in order to defend themselves. Something has gone badly wrong in our society when a young person starts to think in this way. Nobody becomes safer when weapons are being taken into our schools, and any child who gets into such a frame of mind is likely to be suffering from a great deal of anxiety and trauma.
What is being done to tackle the problem?
Local authorities are left with little choice but to exclude youngsters who carry knives from school. Their priority simply must be to keep staff and other pupils safe, but exclusion in itself does not get to the root of the problem. For years it has been clear that we need a new approach to tackling knife crime within the UK.
Is mandatory imprisonment the answer?
Part of it must involve targeted intervention work with gangs and young people who are in danger of being drawn into a life of violence. However, this will only work if it comes alongside sufficient enforcement. At the moment, more than a third of second time knife offenders in this country are spared jail. This is no sort of deterrent. In such circumstances, mandatory imprisonment must be applied.
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