The number of gun and knife crime offences in London soared last year amid fears more young people are carrying weapons for self-protection and status.
The figures showed a 42 per cent rise in the number of overall offences of gun crime and an increase of 24 per cent rise in the number of knife crime offences, with 12,074 offences in 2017, compared to 9,742 in 2015/16.
More worryingly, there was also a rise in the number of guns being fired on London’s streets, up from 239 cases in 2015/16 to 306 cases in the last financial year.
There was also a 20 per cent increase in the rate of knife attacks involving injuries to victims, up from 3,663 to 4,415 in 2016/17.
Overall, the number of offences in London rose for the first time in several years.
There were a total of 774,737 crimes recorded in the capital last year – compared to 740,933 in the previous year. a rise of 4.5 per cent.
We need to do all we can to educate our young people about the danger they face by carrying a gun or a knife.
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