More than fifth of Surrey criminals cautioned or convicted for knife possession have previous convictions

January 11, 2019
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More than a fifth of criminals convicted or cautioned for threats made with a knife or knife possession in Surrey have previous knife convictions, new figures have revealed.

Recently published data from the Ministry of Justice shows that Surrey Police took action against 174 people for knife offences in the 12 months leading up to September 2018.

The offences refer to either threatening someone with a knife or possessing one as a weapon.

Of those dealt with by police, 40, or 23%, had at least one previous offence for carrying a knife.

In addition, three of the criminals had three or more past offences.

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Patrick Green, chief executive of anti-knife charity the Ben Kinsella Trust, said knife crime should be treated as a public health issue.

“The figures indicate we cannot rely solely on prison if we are going to tackle the small but significant number of habitual re-offenders,” he said.

“These are people who are stuck in a spiral of violent crime.

“I’m confident that a public health approach will work, it will stop the next youngsters getting caught in the cycle of violent crime.

 

“It won’t work immediately, but given time, as we’ve seen in Glasgow and US cities, if it’s properly funded it can be successful.”

Justice minister Rory Stewart said the figures show that more criminals are being caught and prosecuted for knife crimes.

Across England and Wales, in the year to September, 21,381 knife crime cases were dealt with in total, the highest number since 2010.

 

“Knife crime has devastating consequences on families, children and communities. Offenders simply cannot go unpunished,” Mr Stewart said.

“These figures show we are catching and prosecuting more of those carrying knives and other weapons, and sending them to prison for longer.

“But we must do more, and through the Government’s serious violence strategy we are working to prevent young people from ever picking up a knife in the first place.”

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More than fifth of Surrey criminals cautioned or convicted for knife possession have previous convictions

January 11, 2019
By

More than a fifth of criminals convicted or cautioned for threats made with a knife or knife possession in Surrey have previous knife convictions, new figures have revealed.

Recently published data from the Ministry of Justice shows that Surrey Police took action against 174 people for knife offences in the 12 months leading up to September 2018.

The offences refer to either threatening someone with a knife or possessing one as a weapon.

Of those dealt with by police, 40, or 23%, had at least one previous offence for carrying a knife.

In addition, three of the criminals had three or more past offences.

Read More

Knife Crime In Surrey

Patrick Green, chief executive of anti-knife charity the Ben Kinsella Trust, said knife crime should be treated as a public health issue.

“The figures indicate we cannot rely solely on prison if we are going to tackle the small but significant number of habitual re-offenders,” he said.

“These are people who are stuck in a spiral of violent crime.

“I’m confident that a public health approach will work, it will stop the next youngsters getting caught in the cycle of violent crime.

 

“It won’t work immediately, but given time, as we’ve seen in Glasgow and US cities, if it’s properly funded it can be successful.”

Justice minister Rory Stewart said the figures show that more criminals are being caught and prosecuted for knife crimes.

Across England and Wales, in the year to September, 21,381 knife crime cases were dealt with in total, the highest number since 2010.

 

“Knife crime has devastating consequences on families, children and communities. Offenders simply cannot go unpunished,” Mr Stewart said.

“These figures show we are catching and prosecuting more of those carrying knives and other weapons, and sending them to prison for longer.

“But we must do more, and through the Government’s serious violence strategy we are working to prevent young people from ever picking up a knife in the first place.”

Click here for all the latest news from Surrey.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/more-fifth-surrey-criminals-cautioned-15650638


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