Thames Val­ley sees a rise in num­ber of ar­rests for knife crime

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THE num­ber of peo­ple caught with knives rose by 12% in Thames Val­ley last year.

There were 450 in­ci­dents of peo­ple sen­tenced or cau­tioned for car­ry­ing blades or threat­en­ing peo­ple with one in Thames Val­ley in the year to June.

This was 47 more than the year be­fore in 2013/14 – a 12% in­crease.

The year-on-year rise in Thames Val­ley was sharper than the na­tional 3% in­crease.

But the long-term trend in the re­gion, like in the coun­try more widely, is for fewer peo­ple to be sen­tenced or cau­tioned for knife pos­ses­sion.

Dur­ing the 12 months up to June 2009, there were 820 in­ci­dents with blades that led to some form of con­vic­tion or cau­tion in Thames Val­ley – nearly dou­ble the latest to­tal.

These fig­ures don’t cover all knife crime – only pos­ses­sion of­fences that went through the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

Na­tion­ally, more crim­i­nals were sent to prison for bran­dish­ing knives last year.

A to­tal of 30 per cent of peo­ple con­victed of car­ry­ing blades were sen­tenced to im­me­di­ate jail time in the year to June.

This was the high­est pro­por­tion of crim­i­nals sent to prison for knife pos­ses­sion since an­nual records be­gan in 2009.

Fur­ther ev­i­dence of tougher sen­tences came in the fall in the rate of cau­tions given out for Num­ber of knife pos­ses­sion of­fences re­sult­ing in a cau­tion/ sen­tence in Thames Val­ley

Year to June 2009 – 820 2010 – 570 2011 – 598 2012 – 559 2013 – 457 2014 – 403 2015 – 450 % change 2014/15 – 12% knife of­fences.

This has come down from 25% to 14% in the last seven years.

The av­er­age sen­tence was months. prison

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