Hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for knife at­tacks soar

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

THE num­ber of knife at­tacks putting peo­ple in hos­pi­tal has soared.

Fig­ures from NHS Dig­i­tal show there were around 325 ad­mis­sions to hos­pi­tals in the re­gion in 2017/18 due to as­saults with knives and other sharp ob­jects – the high­est num­ber since com­pa­ra­ble records be­gan six years ago.

The num­ber of ad­mis­sions has jumped from 271 in 2016/17 – and is up from the 297 recorded in 2012/13.

The news comes with fig­ures show­ing po­lice in the area are deal­ing with record lev­els of se­ri­ous of­fences in­volv­ing knives.

Lat­est crime fig­ures re­veal there was a to­tal 2,552 se­lected se­ri­ous of­fences that in­volved a knife in the Greater Manch­ester Po­lice area in the year to June 2018.

Th­ese in­clude of­fences such as mur­der, at­tempted mur­der, sex­ual as­saults and rob­bery.

This was the high­est num­ber of knife crimes in a sin­gle year since pub­lished num­bers be­gan in 2011.

The data shows the num­ber of se­ri­ous se­lected of­fences in­volv­ing knives in the po­lice force area rose by 67 per cent in a year from 1,532 crimes in the year to June 2017.

How­ever, a re­view of GMP data has iden­ti­fied un­der­count­ing of crimes in­volv­ing a knife or sharp in­stru­ment.

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