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"Knife crime destroys lives and shatters communities"

"Knife crime destroys lives and shatters communities"

Published by Grace Mcgachy
1:44pm 20th March 2019. (Updated at 1:37pm 21st March 2019)

We've been seeing more and more knife crime in Norfolk over the last few years.

But the number of people going to prison for these offences has gone down.

In 2018 over 300 people were cautioned or convicted by police but less than 100 faced immediate prison sentences.

 

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Knife crime has hit the headlines after a spate of fatal stabbings across the country, and justice minister, Rory Stewart, insists offenders are now more likely to go to jail for these offences.

In 68 cases in Norfolk knife criminals were handed a community order, 67 offenders were given a suspended sentence and a further 49 were given a fine or discharged from court without a sentence.

Norfolk Constabulary also cautioned 25 people for knife crime offences.

 

The proportion of knife criminals in Norfolk being sent to prison dropped, from 33% in 2017.

Justice minister Rory Stewart said:

"Knife crime destroys lives and shatters communities, and this government is doing everything in its power to tackle its devastating consequences.

Sentences for those carrying knives are getting tougher - they are more likely to be sent straight to prison, and for longer - than at any time in the last decade."

 

 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a £100 million cash injection for forces to tackle the problem, and the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has unveiled plans for new knife crime prevention orders.

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