Knife crime

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    It's almost a year since Darryn Frost helped to stop a man who was on the rampage, stabbing people.

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  3. Police launch campaign against knife crime

    Staffordshire Police is asking parents and carers to have conversations with young people about knife crime as part of a national campaign week.

    The county has seen an overall reduction in knife crime, but the issue has still not gone away, despite restrictions under coronavirus, the force says, highlighting the Ditch the Blade message.

    According to police, 124 young people were victims of knife crime last year, and 110 young people committed a crime while carrying a knife.

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  4. Forces unite for day of targeted action on knife crime

    Police forces across the country are carrying out a series of operations aimed at tackling knife crime.

    In London, officers will be carrying out weapon sweeps and patrolling areas where violence occurs most as well as using Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to target drug dealers. Dogs will also be used to detect drugs and knife arches will be used at transport hubs.

    Officers will also be talking to businesses to ensure they do not sell knives irresponsibly to a vulnerable young person.

    Commander Jane Connors, from the Met, said: “This operation is an intensification of the work officers are already doing day-in and day-out – and it will continue into the winter. “We also need to hear from anyone with information about knife crime. If you have any information, please contact police or Crimestoppers – your anonymity is guaranteed. It can feel like a hard call, but it could save the life of someone’s son or daughter.”

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    Dr Duncan Bootland works in a major trauma hospital and deals with around two stabbing cases a week.

  7. Father-of-four named as Ilford murder victim

    Father-of-four Lee Baxter has been named as the man stabbed to death in Ilford on Friday night.

    Police were called to reports of a stabbing at about 21:28 on Southdown Crescent. Mr Baxter, 34, was found with a stab wound and despite immediate effort by paramedics, he was declared pronounced dead at the scene.

    Lee Baxter

    His next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination found Mr Baxter died of multiple stab injuries.

    It is believed he was stabbed by a group of men in alleyway before they fled the scene, police said.

    Dt Ch Spt Stephen Clayman, borough commander for the East Area Command Unit, said: “My thoughts are with Lee's family, especially his children, at this sad time."

    He said "there will be tireless efforts to track those responsible" as he reassured the community extensive inquiries into the attack are taking place. Mr Clayman also called on the public to get in touch with local patrols if they have any concerns.

  8. Police appeal for witnesses over Newham attempted murder

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    Police are appealing for witnesses over a "horrific" stab attack in Newham on Saturday.

    Officers were called to reports of a stabbing at about 16:35 at the junction near Seymour Road and Cleves Road.

    A 21-year-old man was found with multiple stab injuries and was taken to a hospital in east London, where he remains. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, the Metropolitan police said.

    Three suspects, all believed to be in their late teens and early twenties, fled the scene before officers arrived. Two boys, aged 14 and 15, were arrested at the scene and were later released under investigation.

    Seymour Road Cleves Road junction

    The first suspect has been described as wearing a black hooded top and light or white trousers, as well as black gloves.

    The second one was wearing a dark coloured hooded top and dark trousers.

    The third suspect was wearing a dark hooded top and dark trousers. He was also wearing a face mask.

    Police are treating the case as attempted murder.

    Detective Constable Kim Lim, from North Area Command Unit CID, said the victim was standing outside a block of flats with friends when he was approached by two suspects with knives.

    “The victim was then subjected to a brutal attack, suffering multiple stab wounds. At this point, a third suspect appeared but did not actively partake in the attack," Mr Lim said.

    He urged witnesses of the "horrific attack" to come forward as they may have vital information.

  9. Police begin knife crime 'stories' tour

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    Image caption: The initiative is part of a wider campaign to tackle knife crime

    Police officers in a specially-designed van have begun a tour of Sussex communities to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives.

    Children in schools and high street shoppers will be among those invited to hear "real life stories" of people who have been affected by knife crime and receive information and advice on where they can get help.

    The police van in Lewes High street on Tuesday morning
    Image caption: The van's first stop was Lewes High Street

    As the van made its first stop in Lewes, Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: "Carrying a knife can change your life forever. Not only does it put you and those around you at an increased risk of harm, but getting caught with one can result in serious personal and legal consequences."

    Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne added: “It is vitally important that real-life stories are shared with young people so they can understand the life-changing consequences this could have on them."

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    Youth workers say they're concerned by a rise in the number of children found in possession of knives.

  11. Mum of murdered teen pleads for life-saving bleed kits

    Andre Aderemi

    The mother of a teenager murdered in Croydon is calling for life-saving bleed kits for stab victims to be placed in public spaces.

    In August 2016 Andre Aderemi, 19, was chased, beaten and stabbed to death with a sword on a housing estate in Selsdon.

    Three of Mr Aderemi's convicted killers were taught by his mother Yemi Hughes.

    The 41-year-old is raising money to buy bleed kits to be put in shops and transport hubs so that crucial first aid can be administered before emergency services arrive.

    Each pack contains gauze to reduce severe haemorrhaging, a chest seal dressing which allows air to escape the pleural cavity, a tourniquet, gloves and scissors.

    Ms Hughes said: "It was the loss of blood due to the number of times he was stabbed that ultimately caused my sons death.

    "If the bleeding could have been stopped or stemmed and the oxygen was still able to reach his brain then maybe, just maybe he would have had a better change of survival.

    "This is why I believe that public access bleed kits are vital to have in the community."

  12. Knife crime in London hits record high

    The number of knife crimes rose by 5% in London, figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday showed.


    It reflected the rise across England and Wales which were the highest on record last year, up 7% on the previous 12 months and since records began a decade ago.

    Police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument rose to 45,627 for the year to December.

    The report said: "Knife or sharp instrument offences continue to be concentrated in metropolitan areas across England and Wales, with around a third (34%) of all offences recorded by the police in London."

    The figures also show a 15% rise of homicides recorded by the Metropolitan Police in the last year - to 146 from 127.

    Of all recorded homicides last year, 40% involved a knife or sharp instrument, a similar proportion to 2018, according to the data.

    Diana Fawcett, chief executive of the charity Victim Support, said: "We are concerned that reports of knife crime and homicide have risen."

    Last year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he would lead a new Cabinet committee looking at ways to tackle crime.