Knife and weapon offences reach highest level since 2009

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In 2018 21,484 knife and offensive weapon offences were recorded in England and Wales

  • Jamie Grierson
  • The Guardian

The criminal justice system dealt with the highest number of knife and offensive weapon offences in nearly a decade last year, official figures have shown.

In 2018, 21,484 knife and offensive weapon offences were recorded, the highest number dealt with since 2009, when 25,103 offences were registered, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

The figures come after the chancellor, Philip Hammond, handed out an extra £100m to police forces in England and Wales after a…

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