Crimes using knife have more than doubled in many parts of the UK since the beginning of austerity led by conservatives, revealed new figures.

Police forces in England and Wales have seen an increase in stabbing violence, some increasing by 135%.

This follows Mirror Online's release of exclusive figures showing how hundreds of young worker jobs have been lost across the country, and dozens of jobs have also been cut.

Activists say that there is no doubt that cuts in youth services have resulted in an increase in the number of crimes committed with a knife, and a council official said the youths had paid with their lives.

The shocking statistics of the government show that in the 12 months leading up to March this year, there were 47,100 crimes involving a cutting weapon in England and Wales.

In 2015/16, they were less than 30,000 and in 2010/11, just under 31,000.

The most recent figures for knife crimes include 285 homicides.



Merseyside is one of the regions that has experienced a sharp rise in knife crime

This follows more than a decade of dark cuts in public services as the number of police officers has been reduced to nil.

In 2010, Home Office figures revealed that there were 140,000 police in the UK.

But after the government introduced its austerity program, it has declined sharply.

Eight years later, there were 117,000, a decrease of 23,000 – more than the 20,000 officers Boris Johnson had pledged to recruit when he became prime minister.

The government has denied that the cuts have resulted in an increase in serious violent crime.



A commemorative event for victims of stabbing crimes in Manchester

However, last April, a leaked Home Office report revealed that the decline in the number of police officers "may have encouraged" violent offenders, which "probably contributed" to an increase in violent crime.

In Merseyside, crimes involving blades and sharps have increased by 135% since 2010, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

And in the Northeast, the number of reported incidents has increased by 102%, with Northumberland recording an increase of 135%.

The alarming numbers also show a 90% increase in the southeast, while Dyfed-Powys in Wales has recorded a rise of 133%.

The total number of crimes committed with a knife has increased by 38% in England and Wales since the beginning of the decade.



Some parts of the UK have seen the number of knife crimes more than double since the beginning of austerity

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Number of offenses committed with knives in 2018-2019 and their evolution since 2010/11:

Cleveland – 441 Crimes (101% increase since 2010)

Durham – 196 crimes (increase of 21%)

Northumberland – 942 crimes (increase of 135%)

Total Northeast – 1,579 crimes (102% increase)

Cheshire – 374 crimes (37% increase)

Cumbria – 168 crimes (increase of 28%)

Greater Manchester – 3,620 crimes (increase of 70%)

Lancashire – 1,151 crimes (increase of 67%)

Merseyside – 1,404 crimes (increase of 130%)

Total for the northwest – 6,717 crimes (76% increase)

Humberside – 669 crimes (increase of 72%)

North Yorkshire – 300 Crimes (61% increase)

South Yorkshire – 1,032 crimes (increase of 102%)

West Yorkshire – 2,674 crimes (96% increase)



The number of crimes committed with the help of knife increased by more than 130% in Northumberland (image of the file)

Yorkshire and the Humber total – 4,675 crimes (91% increase)

Derbyshire – 610 Crimes (increase of 62%)

Leicestershire – 848 crimes (85% increase)

Lincolnshire – 266 crimes (47% increase)

Northamptonshire – 531 crimes (50% increase)

Nottinghamshire – 895 crimes (increase of 53%)

Total East Midlands – 3,150 crimes (61% increase)

Staffordshire – 674 Crimes (79% increase)

Warwickshire – 272 crimes (increase of 60%)

West Mercia – 534 crimes (increase of 20%)

West Midlands – 3,428 crimes (7% increase)



Austerity was blamed on the knife crime epidemic

West Midlands total – 4,908 crimes (18% increase)

Bedfordshire – 590 crimes (increase of 38%)

Cambridgeshire – 380 Crimes (24% increase)

Essex – 714 crimes (increase of 27%)

Hertfordshire – 550 Crimes (increase of 92%)

Norfolk – 281 crimes (increase of 72%)

Suffolk – 221 crimes (increase of 19%)

East of England total -2,736 crimes (42% increase)



A stabbing scene in London, where 75 people were stabbed to death last year

London – 14,902 crimes (4% increase)

Hampshire – 813 Crimes (increase of 73%)

Kent – 955 Crimes (increase of 161%)

Surrey – 464 Crimes (increase of 584%)

Sussex – 990 crimes (172% increase)

Thames Valley – 1,335 crimes (24% increase)

Total South East – 4,736 crimes (90% increase)

Avon and Somerset – 885 crimes (50% increase)

Devon and Cornwall – 440 crimes (7% increase)

Dorset – 250 crimes (40% increase)

Gloucestershire – 297 crimes (increase of 51%)

Wiltshire – 286 Crimes (increase of 86%)

Total Southwest – 2,158 crimes (41% increase)



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Police forces across Britain have seen reports of knife crimes increase over the last decade

Dyfed-Powys – 229 crimes (increase of 133%)

Gwent – 141 crimes (15% increase)

North Wales – 268 crimes (88% increase)

South Wales – 737 crimes (87% increase)

Wales total – 1,375 crimes (82% increase)

Total England and Wales, including Greater Manchester – 47,136 crimes (38% increase)

In a video speech earlier this year, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party, said the youth were paying for life for austerity, and described the knife crime as a "national emergency."

He said, "I sat in the living room of too many families in my own community to console them after the loss of a child.

"Hundreds of young people have lost their lives. This is a national crisis and the situation only worsens.

"Since 2010, 21,000 policemen have been removed from our streets and 760 youth centers have been closed.

"We have witnessed the tearing of the social fabric of our communities."

Boris Johnson has unveiled controversial new plans for arrest and search and has pledged to recruit 20,000 police to replace the lost.

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