Last year it was reported, 150 first-time knife crime offenders were convicted or cautioned in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire in 2018.
At the time, Conservative Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite said:
“….we are not seeing the levels of knife crime which are happening elsewhere. I have spoken about the need to educate young people as to the dangers of carrying knives. It may feel like some sort of badge of honour but the consequences, as we have seen, can be devastating both for potential victims and perpetrators.”
Sadly, since then, Mr Ablewhite has stood down from his post as Police and Crime Commissioner and as a Tory councillor.
Violent crimes like knife crime, which has risen to record high levels, up 80% in the last five years.
In Peterborough …..
According to the website police.uk, in August 2019, there were 17 incidents of crime involving “possession of weapons” in the Peterborough area; in September 2019, it was 34, in October 2019 it was 29 and in November 2019 it was 27.
That’s an average of 26 a month, nearly one a day.
So what does Darren think?
I think that youth services transform the lives of young people by providing a safe place where they can go to develop friendships and engage in meaningful activities.
Sadly, such vital services, have been slashed by the Tories, nationally and locally. This has created the conditions in which crime can thrive, leaving young people more vulnerable to violence.
We need a government that will introduce legislation to guarantee quality youth services for all of our young people and give our councils the funding they need to invest in our public services.
Did YOU know?
It is illegal to:
- sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old.
- carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, e.g. a Swiss Army knife
- carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
- use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife).
The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.