Knife crime statistics

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper summarising the available statistics relating to knife crime in England and Wales. The paper includes Crime Survey of England and Wales data relating to children and young people which shows that for the year ending March 2016 6.2 % of 10 – 15 year olds and 4.2% of 16 – 29 year olds knew someone who carried a knife for their own protection.

Other key statistics include:

  • Recorded crime: In the year ending March 2017, there were 34,700 (selected) offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales. This is the highest number in the seven-year series (from year ending March 2011) the earliest point for which comparable data are available.

  • Homicide: In 2016/17 there were 215 homicides currently recorded using a sharp instrument, including knives and broken bottles, accounting for 30% of all homicides – a similar number as recorded in 2015/16 (213).
  • Knife crime by police force area: London recorded the highest rate of 137 offences involving a knife per 100,000 population3 in 2016/17, an increase of 23 offences from 2015/16. Surrey had the lowest rate of 4 offences per 100,000 individuals (down 2 from 2015/16).
  • Proven offences and offenders: In year ending March 2018, there were 21,044 disposals given for possession of a knife or offensive weapon. Juveniles (aged 10-17) were the offenders in 21% of cases.
  • Hospital admissions: There were 4,434 finished consultant episodes (FCE) recorded in English hospitals in 2016/17 due to assault by a sharp object. This was an increase of 7.6% compared to 2015/16 and 21.7% higher than in 2014/15.

XLP Anti-Knife Crime Campaign

XLP Anti-Knife Crime Campaign

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Tackling Britain’s Knife Crime: An evening hosted by XLP

XLP Knife Crime

Tackling Britain’s Knife Crime

An evening hosted by XLP

Monday 9th November 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Address: XLP, All Hallows-on-the-Wall,
83 London Wall, London, EC2M 5ND
Book Your £10 Early Bird Ticket
In September three teenagers in London have already lost
their lives from stabbings.
In the last year there have been 1,682 reported young
people aged under 25 injured due to knife crime.


Many of these young people have either been known to us at XLP or to the young people we work with. Tens of thousands of young people are growing up with knife related violence and murder as a very real part of their lives.

We at XLP believe that these tragedies are not inevitable and that knife crime can disappear amongst teenagers in this country. In the hope of working towards such an outcome we have brought together a number of different experts, including young people, parents, youth work practitioners, politicians and police, to discuss the following questions:

– Why are young people deciding to carry knives?
– What is the most effective way of tackling knife crime?
– Is mandatory prison time the answer?
– How can we build trust in the police force amongst young people?

– How can communities help put an end to these tragedies?

Spaces are limited. Please book early to avoid dissappointment.
Early bird tickets: £10 till 25th October 2015