Serious Violence and Knife Crime
GUN AND KNIFE CRIME
Gun and knife crime isn't as common as some people think. But it does happen. And guns and knives can affect everyone, not just people in gangs.
Knife crime has been on the rise in England and Wales over the past few years. Although some of the reported increase is due to improvements in police recording practices, there have been some real rises.
Between April 2018 and March 2019 around 47,500 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument were recorded in England and Wales.
WHAT IF I'M INVOLVED IN GUN AND KNIFE CRIME?
It's never too late to get help if you're worried about gun and knife crime, or are involved with it already. You could talk to your teacher, another adult you trust or Childline. Your local youth club or community centre may run projects that are geared towards stopping gun crime, and you could get involved with these.
You can call Childline on 0800 1111 at any time if you're worried about your own safety. Or if you think someone you know is carrying or even using a gun or knife.