Knife crimes soars by more than a fifth across England driven by weapons epidemic in London – where the murder rate increased by 44%

A knife crime epidemic in London and England’s big cities has seen the number of offences involving blades soar by more than a fifth in the last year.

Police in England and Wales recorded 39,598 offences involving blades in the year ending December 2017, a 22% increase compared with the previous year.

London saw a 44% increase in the number of killings, with more than 150 victims, while the number knife offences in the capital rose by more than 20 per cent to 14,680, separate stats showed.

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