The number of criminals caught with knives is at its highest level for a decade and every fifth guilty is a child.
Over the past year, it has been revealed that more than 21,000 crime on possession or threat with blades or offensive weapons has led to a conviction or caution in England and Wales – the highest level since 2009.
The shocking numbers also showed that nearly two-thirds of the cases did not lead to immediate imprisonment despite a promised crackdown on politicians.
It's just one day after a 17-year-old boy fought for his life after being stabbed to death in front of Leyton subway station in East London, while the violence continues in wild West Britain.
Chancellor Philip Hammond promised police an immediate £ 100 million boost in his spring statement on countering knife crime as politicians and policemen desperately try to overcome the country's knife epidemic.
The money promised by Philip Hammond will largely pay for a "rise" in the street police to combat the increasing violence in the country's streets
Eight-year-old girl threatens to stab policeman
An eight-year-old girl took a knife to a primary school and threatened to stab a policeman in the heart.
North Yorkshire police said officials visited a primary school in the Harrogate district on February 18 after a young student produced a kitchen knife in the classroom.
"The class was evacuated and the police called," said a spokeswoman.
During the incident, the girl threatened the attending officials and teaching staff.
The incident was brought to a safe conclusion, and nobody was injured and the knife recovered. The girl now receives adequate support. & # 39;
The incident was announced in a tweet by a police officer, Matt Murphy, based in Knaresborough. He said the troop had begun a week with measures to combat knife crime.
He continued, "Just last week, an 8-year-old brought this knife to school and made threats.
When I arrived, the child told me they would stab me in the heart. This week, we educate people about the dangers of knives. & # 39;
Judith Kirk, deputy director of education in North Yorkshire, said it was an isolated incident and that the backup was the statutory duty of the county council, which he took very seriously.
She said that an academy trust involved in this case had its own policies and procedures to deal with each incident and had received advice and guidance from the North Yorkshire Protocols.
Although two-thirds of the cases have not led to immediate imprisonment, the government insists that offenders are now more likely to be jailed for knife or offensive weapon crime.
The statistics also show in 2018 that the criminal justice system handled 13,555 violations of possession of an item with a blade or a point.
In addition, there were 7,016 cases in which one person was found with an attack weapon, and 913 in which a blade or weapon was used to threaten others.
The total of 21,484 is the highest since 2009, when it was over 25,000.
In 4,430 cases – 21% of the total – the offender was between 10 and 17 years old.
Justice Minister Rory Stewart said, "Knife crime destroys lives and shakes communities, and this government is working hard to tackle its devastating consequences.
"The sentences for those who wear knives are getting tougher – they're more likely to go straight to jail longer than ever in the last decade."
A series of incidents in recent weeks, such as the death of Scout Jodie Chesney and private student Yousef Makki, both 17 years old, have sharply focused on the country's escalating problems.
In the last 12 months, 27 U19 men have been stabbed. In total, 285 knives were killed – the highest number since World War II.
In the first three months of 2019, 20 people were murdered in London, including the 14-year-old Jaden Moodie.
In total, the criminal justice system in England and Wales handled 21,484 knife and offensive weapon offenses last year – the highest number since 2009, according to official figures.
Knife crime is not isolated only in urban areas.
It's rising faster in London's home counties and rural areas than in London.
Kent has seen the biggest increase in knife crime since April 2010, gaining 152 percent, while London has risen only 11 percent.
Tory MP gets ridiculed online after all the knives sold in the UK are asked to handle a GPS tracker
A conservative MP defended his appeal that all knives should be equipped with GPS trackers and registered in a national database.
Scott Mann was largely ridiculed on Twitter after suggesting his 6000 followers.
He called for a national database similar to that for cannons – but pointed out that there were exceptions to "fishing, etc." should give.
MEP for North Cornwall tweeted on Thursday morning: "Every knife sold in the UK should have a Gps tracker under control.
"It is time for us to have a national database, as we have with weapons. If you carry it around with you, you should have a damn good explanation, obvious exceptions for fishing, and so on. "
But Twitter users quickly tore up their idea and asked about the convenience of equipping hundreds of millions of knives with battery-powered gauges.
Stephen Robinson wrote: & # 39; A database that would contain every household in the UK. Millions of knives are being tracked simultaneously. That's the dumbest thing I've ever read.
Norma Moore tweeted: "For Heaven's sake – be real! Look at ordinary kitchen knife sets before you make such stupid statements. Imagine the associated costs and practices. & # 39;
Graham Love wrote: "You are not the sharpest GPS marked knife, are you?"
Today, however, the 41-year-old man struck back and said, "It was a thought process, and I did not talk about butter knives or anything like that.
"The majority of knife crime in the United Kingdom is done with kitchen blade instruments.
No one else has any ideas, people can shoot me if they want, but people are stabbed in the street and we have to do something about it.
"People have not made any suggestions. When kids die on the street, we have to take a stand.
"We need to think about how we will deal with this massive issue."
In 34 counties in England and Wales outside London, knife-related crimes have risen by 45.7 percent, according to The Guardian.
It is believed that gangs targeting drug trafficking gangs are a major factor in the increase.
Dr. Rick Muir, director of the Think Tank Police Foundation, said, "In the past, people who sold drugs in Margate or Blackpool would come from these areas.
"While organized criminal gangs in major cities export drugs directly to these areas."
From January 1st to March 7th, 26 knife murders were committed in the UK. Last year, there were 135 homicides in London alone.
In the United Kingdom capital and cities, the number of knife-related knife-related offenses is much higher, but spread in rural areas is much higher.
The knife crime in Birmingham has increased by only three percent since 2010, but by 42 percent in neighboring Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Mercia.
Ricky Fields, Staffordshire Police Chief, said: "The correlation that we believe is due to them is close to the district lines, in urban street gangs."
There is a fear that substantial police cuts will increase the number of knife-driving offenses – something that Prime Minister Theresa May has denied.
Leading police and opposition MPs said government austerity is one of the reasons for the rapid bloodshed.
Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Hogan-Howe said an additional 20,000 police officers are needed.
This would almost offset the decline in numbers over the past decade from around 143,700 to 122,400.
John Apter, the national chairman of the Police Association of England and Wales, who represents the base, said: "Police work has been pulled to the ground, and the consequences are clear through the front pages of newspapers and television news – Children be murdered on our streets.
These are the true costs of the austerity policies we were warned about but made ridiculous. These concerns have become reality, but the prime minister does not accept the harsh truth. & # 39;
According to the National Court of Auditors, police funding has fallen in real terms by 19 percent since 2010/11 to £ 12.3 billion a year.
In the first three months of 2019, 20 people were murdered in London, including the 14-year-old Jaden Moodie
A graphic shows the 26 murders that have devastated the country so far this year
What are the knife laws in the UK?
It's illegal, …
– Sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18, unless it is a knife with a folding knife less than three inches long.
– Keep a knife in the open without good reason unless it is a knife with a hinged blade no more than three inches long.
– Wear, buy or sell a forbidden knife
– Use any knife in a threatening manner, even if it is a legal knife
Source: West Midlands Police
In the spring statement in the Spring Declaration, Mr. Hammond said, "The Prime Minister and I have exceptionally decided to provide police forces in England with an additional £ 100 million over the next year, forced to pay extra overtime, specifically for knife crime and to finance new units to reduce violence in order to achieve a broader, wider response to this epidemic. "
Earlier this week, Mr. Javid said he was "deeply worried" about the growing number of knife crime cases.
He said, "I have done everything in my power to ensure that we have the best possible response, but to deal with this, action must be taken on many fronts.
"Law enforcement plays a key role – and it has become clear from talks with police officers in recent weeks that they need an immediate increase in resources.
"I have listened to their concerns and this £ 100 million – including £ 80 million of new Treasury funding – will enable them to quickly tackle knife crime in the areas where it is most widespread."
Former Met chief accused of political correctness for the British epidemic of knife failure and said he had forced high-ranking politicians to "drastically reduce Stop and Search"
by Lara Keay
A former head of the Metropolitan Police has blamed the political correctness of the British knife crime epidemic.
Sir Paul Stephenson believes that the decline in police attitudes and searches is the result of "naivety and unanalyzed political correctness".
He also claims that senior politicians have been more concerned with avoiding blame than taking responsibility for the overwhelming numbers of teenagers killed with knives.
The former police chief, Sir Paul Stephenson (in front of the New Scotland Yard headquarters in London) believes that the decline in police raids and search operations is the result of unanalyzed political correctness. & # 39;
He said to public security officials on Tuesday, "Do not let anyone nonsense sell" go-to "solutions, there's none, let's not say we've never been here before – we have it.
"And am I alone in suspicion that recent statements by some high-ranking politicians owed more to blame and justification than to accepting responsibility for the growing number of young corporations in our morgues and effective policymaking? & # 39;
As Minister of the Interior, Theresa May oversaw the number of stops and searches from 23 to 1,000 in 2009/10 to five in 1,000 / 17 (2016/17).
They are extremely controversial because they disproportionately address the black community.
Federal Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Spring statement yesterday that the government has raised more than 100 million GBP in the fight against knife crime.
Most of the money is paid for a "rise" in the street police, as forces across the country face escalating violence.
The Treasury Department said the cash would free up existing officials to respond to crimes and go on patrols.
Most of the funds are spent in areas of highest knife crime, including London, West Midlands, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Wales and Greater Manchester.
The announcements are made as part of a one-week crackdown on police crime across the UK.
The Operation Specter was launched on Monday. She offered amnesty cases where teenagers can give their guns anonymously and encouraged more stops and searches among officers.
So far this year, there have been 24 murders in London and two more in Birmingham, many with knives.
Earlier this month, the nation was horrified by the killings of two innocent 17-year-old Yousef Makki from Manchester and Jodie Chesney from London.