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Boris called on to back Knife Amnesty across London

The Mayor of London will be asked to back a London wide knife amnesty today (Wednesday) after a serious rise in stabbings in the capital. Labour London Assembly Member, Jennette Arnold OBE AM, will make the call at today’s Mayor’s Question Time following a significant increase in the number of people injured by knives in the last year and a rise in the number of teenagers stabbed to death in the capital. Ms Arnold, whose constituency has seen the murder of seven teenagers by stabbing in the last year, said it was vital “to buck the worrying trend of young people carrying knives”.

The latest data from the Metropolitan Police shows that knife crime with injury rose by 11% in the last year, with 3,657 incidents in the year to October 2015, compared with 3,288 in the previous twelve months. Nearly half of incidents in the last year involved young people; 1654 incidents of knife crime with injury involved a victim under 25 during that period, an increase of 11% on the year before. 15 teenagers have been stabbed to death in London so far this year. In Ms Arnold’s constituency, seven teenagers have been killed by knife crime since last January.

Incidents of knife crime with injury began to rise in the capital over a year ago, and the latest Metropolitan Police data shows that overall knife crime has also begun to rise for the first time since 2008. In total, there were 9,972 incidents of knife crime in the year to October 2015, an increase of 5% from 9,467 the previous year. Over a third of knife crime last year resulted in injury 

Labour London Assembly Member for North East, Jennette Arnold OBE AM, said:

“With too many young lives claimed by this senseless crime, it's vital the Mayor backs a knife amnesty so that we can put a stop to the destruction, now.

“Something must be done to buck the worrying trend of young people carrying knives if we're to prevent families and communities from being ripped apart by these atrocious acts. If allowing individuals to hand in their knives without fear of prosecution gets these weapons off our streets then it’s an exercise well worth doing.

“We cannot afford for Boris Johnson to sit on his hands and allow this trend to continue to rise. It’s time that he sent a strong message that carrying knives will only lead to the tragic loss of more young lives in our capital, something nobody wishes to see.”

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