While incidents of stabbings have always been a growing concern in the sprawling metropolis of London, the recent reports from doctors across country have shown knife related injuries are spreading into rural areas. Just two months ago a man was left critically ill after being stabbed on Trinity Street in Hastings Town Centre. In St. Leonard’s two teenagers, one 16, and one 18 were arrested the same month for stabbing to death 16-year-old Conner Ansell.
Dr Adrian Boyle, a consultant emergency physician at Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital was quoted by the Express saying; “We’ve seen a 40 per cent increase from 2014 to 2018.”
This statement supports the recent figures that show a steady increase of knife or sharp weapon related offences by the thousands from 2014 to 2018, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). With most of these crimes, knives are being used in armed robberies and assaults rather than being attempted murder. East Sussex is also not immune to rise in knife crime as upsurge of 10% more weapon possession offences was recorded by Sussex police in 2017/18, 32 more offences than year before.
However different police forces across the country are coming up with various solutions in an attempt to combat this expanding epidemic, some old, some new. West Midland’s police force has issued a new crime fighting tool to its officers, specifically created to target this kind of crimes. These metal detecting ‘wands’ allow their police officers to quickly and efficiently perform stop and search exercises without invading any innocent pedestrian’s personal space.
Pat McFadden, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East, stated: "I welcome anything that can help the police crackdown on the very real problem of knife crime in the community. If this equipment can play a role, it's a good thing.”