‘I’ve got a knife on me now’: Chilling moments comes when face to face with masked teenage gang member
- Number of under-16s treated for stab wounds nearly doubles in five years
- Knife-point robberies by teens increased by more than 50 per cent in five years
- The statistics come as two 17-year-olds are stabbed to death on Saturday night
A youngster, 19, tells the ex Scotland Yard boss that he is in possession of the deadly weapon during an interview for an investigation in Britain’s knife crime epidemic.
Wearing a balaclava and giving his name as ‘Jackson’ the teenager, who admits to being part of a gang since he was 12-years-old, tells Lord Hogan Howe that flick knives are the blade of choice among criminals.
BBC 3 Published on Apr 3, 2017 Former England footballer Jermaine Jenas returns to his home city of Nottingham to investigate the spike in knife crime that’s devastating young lives and families.
Why is knife crime increasing in England and Wales?
Children as young as 13 are being stabbed in a tide of violence sweeping Britain, but the reason for the spike is the subject of fierce argument.
A report by the government cited drug dealing and social media as key drivers, but police have called for more funding to turn around the loss of thousands of officers and voluntary groups are attacking cuts to youth services.
The debate continues amid a bleak background of rising knife crime, which rose by 22 per cent across England and Wales in 2017 – the biggest annual increase ever recorded.
Almost 40,000 offences involving knives or sharp weapons were recorded by police in the year, according figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which said “high harm” criminal offences have been building over the past two years.
The government has repeatedly highlighted improvements in the way police record crime but the ONS said reforms did not fully account for the rise, citing injury figures from the NHS.
There have been more than 60 murders in London alone since the start of this year, amid a spate of stabbings and shootings that saw two teenagers murdered in one night earlier this month.
Junior Smart, of youth charity the St Giles Trust, fears the situation could worsen as the school summer holidays approach.
“If there’s no local youth club providing a safe place to meet, where do they go?” he said. “They’re on the street corners, they’re in the takeaways, they’re congregating and that’s where you get trouble.
In this episode of Rule Britannia, VICE meets “Saky’s Finest”—a gang of young reoffenders based on the Saxton Road estate in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Locked into a cycle of reoffending and going to jail, some of these guys have spent so much of their childhood in Young Offenders’ Institutes that they’d rather be back inside than in the real world. 20-year-old Coopz is looking at a serious stretch in adult jail after being recently bailed in connection with the attempted robbery of a local shop. Ross and Nathan, who at 27 are considered the “olders” of the group, both try to stop him from going down the same paths they did. We also meet Pitts, arguably the most institutionalized member of the gang, who has only seen the outside world for a matter of weeks in the last six years. Now out, he just wants to have fun, get pissed and fight—as well as settling an old score with Reggie, the local store owner, for something that happened 12 years ago. Check out more Rule Britannia here: http://bit.ly/Rule-Britannia
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Idris Elba has made an impassioned plea to perpetrators of knife crime to rethink their actions and stop making their communities “look stupid”.
As London and the rest of the country grapples with a rapid rise in violent crime, the actor, who grew up in Hackney, has taken to Instagram to urge those who carry weapons to reconsider.
The 46-year-old also posted a number of statistics relating to knife crime in the capital, and told his millions of followers anyone tempted to stab another person should instead turn the blade on themselves.