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Data released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for England and Wales last month revealed the scale of the knife crime problem in Britain, as post-pandemic figures rise rapidly to reach levels seen before 2020. The numbers, looking at knife and offensive weapons conviction statistics through September 2021 include figures on age groups, recidivism and locations.

Using the data – which shows knife offenses resulting in a warning or conviction by police area – it is possible to work out which parts of the UK are suffering the highest figures.

In 2021, the police force area with the highest level of knife crime was Cleveland in Yorkshire, with a total of 72 offenses per 100,000 people.

That equates to an actual total of 361 offenses through September 2021. This isn’t the first time Cleveland has topped this list — it held the highest numbers since 2019, even topping the rankings at worst. pandemic in 2020, with 59 offences. for 100,000.

By comparison, London had 45 offenses per 100,000 people in 2020 and 51 per 100,000 in 2021.

In fact, the capital – often cited as a major problem for knife crime – ranked only fourth in offenses per 100,000 in 2021, and has steadily dropped from the top three since 2019.

After Cleveland, Nottinghamshire Police Force reported the second highest figures with 62 offenses per 100,000 people, making the East Midlands region the second worst place to live for knife crime.

Third on the list was Merseyside County Liverpool, with 54 offenses per 100,000 in 2021.

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At the other end of the spectrum, figures show Surrey was the safest place for knife crime in 2021, with just 15 cases per 100,000 people.

The second safest county was Costwolds in Gloucestershire, with a rate of 20 per 100,000, closely followed by Dyfed-Powys in Wales, with 23 per 100,000.

Elsewhere, data shows the vast majority of all offenses are committed by people over the age of 18, with 16,457 offenses resulting in an adult warning or conviction in 2021.

However, figures still show a shocking number of children aged 10 to 17 committing these offences, with the number as high as 3,742 in 2021.

Overall, the data shows that a total of 20,202 knife or offensive weapon offenses were dealt with by police forces in 2021 – up from pandemic lows of 18,296 in 2020, but down. down from a high of 22,495 in 2019.

However, the data focuses primarily on how offenders were sentenced. This includes warnings, parole, fines, community sentences, suspended sentences and detention.

Here, the figures show that more than four in ten repeat offenders escaped prison in 2021.

This is despite a ‘two strikes and you’re out’ law – the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 – designed to ensure repeat offenders do not receive lenient sentences and incentivize judges to crack down on crimes with a knife.

Former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland, who introduced the Bill, said it was intended to ‘ensure that it is clear that when making decisions in As regards sentencing, mandatory imprisonment must be applied, except in exceptional circumstances”.

When this law came into effect in 2015, Department of Justice statistics show that 34% of repeat offenders escaped with non-custodial sentences – in 2021, this figure had risen to 41%.

Mr Rodgers said ‘the victims are definitely left behind’.

He said: “You just have to ask a person who’s been victimized before, and nine times out of 10 they’ll say they want a tougher sentence for [the perpetrator] because it’s about the damage they leave behind.

“The sleepless nights, the depression, the injuries. Victims who must look in the mirror every day and be reminded. The punishment must reflect the crime.

Commenting on the latest data from the Ministry of Justice, Sir Mike Penning, a former Conservative police and justice minister, accused the judges of failing the victims.

He said: “Judges and magistrates should know that Parliament passed the [two strikes] law for a reason.

“It’s to protect the victims and for the victims to know that they are listened to. It is certainly the duty of the courts to recognize that.