Met officers battling 40 knife offences every day, report shows
Metropolitan Police Officers have been battling 40 knife offence reports every day, shock new statistics have revealed.
The Evening Standard reports that a person was fatally stabbed every four days in the capital in 2017 and 2018.
Met officers were faced with a total of 29,232 knife offences across the period, the freedom of information request showed.
However, the total number of homicides and stabbings went down. In 2018, the number of knife attacks fell by over 500 – with 12 fewer homicides reported.
Southwark has emerged as a knife crime hotspot with over 1,500 offences occurring in the borough.
A Met Police spokesman told the Evening Standard that officers were ‘working day and night’ to pursue knife offences while the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said the decrease was encouraging.
The Met is due to release 2019 figures later this month.
The spokeswoman said; “While London saw increases in violence between 2017 and 2018, we are beginning to see a decrease in key areas.
“For example, this year, between Jan 1 to April 1 the homicide rate was 32, a 30% decrease compared to the same time frame in 2018, when it stood at 47.
“Bearing down on violent crime and knife crime on the streets of London continues to be a top priority for the Met.
“We are working tirelessly – day and night – to identify and pursue offenders, help bring perpetrators to justice, take weapons off the street, support victims, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe.”