Hospital admissions for knife attacks soar
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.