Knife crime: Number of offences at nine-year high
The number of crimes related to knives and other offensive weapons dealt with by the courts reached its highest level for nine years last year, figures show.
The Ministry of Justice says 21,484 offences were dealt with in England and Wales in 2018 year – the highest number since 2009 (25,103).
The figures show 37% of the offences led to an immediate jail sentence.
In 2009, 23% of offences ended up with imprisonment – and cautions and fines were much more widely used.