Monday 3 August 2020 / 10:30 PM Crime

New analysis shows the Tories’ decade long failure to tackle knife crime

Latest statistics show that over the last ten years, offences involving a knife have increased in every police force in England and Wales.

  • In a third of forces, knife crime has at least doubled, with some of the largest increases in Tory shires.
  • Surrey has seen the largest percentage increase in knife crime, up almost sevenfold (598%). Sussex saw a 259% rise, while Norfolk was third highest with knife crime up 183%.
  • Over the past ten years, there has been a 16% increase in homicides involving a knife, while knife-point robberies are up 31%.


Sarah Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Policing and Fire, said:

“Knife crime has risen as a result of Tory cuts to the Police and preventative services. The Government have spent years announcing summits, strategies, and taskforces – but they have failed to act, with knife crime continuing to rise across the country on their watch.

“More warm words from ministers will not help communities across the country that are blighted by knife crime.

“This Conservative Government needs to explain how it will fix the national knife crime crisis that was born on their watch.”