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