Knife crime decreases in North-East despite UK record high

The number of knife crimes in the Northumbria Police force area has almost halved over the last year.

Recorded incidents dropped from 421 in 2016/17 to 288 in 2017/18.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that while knife crime in the North East has decreased, across the UK it has risen to an all time high since comparable records began in 2010.

Northumbria Police declined to comment on the figures.

There are charities based in the North-East who are trying to tackle this problem, two of which are The Children’s Society, whose initiative for young people is to identify people in schools who are in need of support or who are at risk, to build their resilience.

The other is The Newcastle United foundation, a charity working with youth offending teams, street doctors and hosts knife crime awareness sessions in schools.

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