Ethnicity and UK Knife Crimes By Richard Miller

     The UK seems to be the knife crime capital of the world, with there being 100 fatal stabbings so far this year.

“In the breakdown of figures, 83 out of the 100 fatal stabbing victims were male and 17 were female. Almost half of the victims were under 30 and the primary age range for victims was between just 20 and 29 years of age. Figures reported in April showed that 73 per cent of offenders and 53 percent of victims of knife crime were of a black or minority ethnic (BAME) background, and that two-thirds of all knife crime in London was carried out by people under 25.”

     Now as I read the plain English, that paragraph indicates that ethnicity at least has a primary role in knife crime; fact. Yet even this has been denied:

“There is no significant link between ethnicity and carrying a knife, according to a briefing paper sent to every police force in England and Wales. Offenders and victims are most likely to be young adult males, with risk factors including exclusion from school, being taken into care and childhood neglect, the College of Policing document says. It also states knives are most commonly carried for self-protection, 'street credibility' or to commit another offence. The professional body for police says the briefing document is the first 'rounded picture' using research that forces can use to tackle knife crime. The paper, sent to all 43 forces in England and Wales, casts doubt on the deterrent effect of stop-and-search powers and long sentences. It concludes that a public health approach, which has seen a reduction of violent crime in Scotland, is the most effective method for tackling knife crime. 'Knife crime perpetrators and victims are most likely to be males in late adolescence,' it states. 'Risk factors for serious violence and weapon carrying include adverse childhood experiences and poor educational attainment. 'Ethnicity has been found to have no significant effect on weapon carrying in the UK. 'The most successful approaches to reducing violence include well-implemented problem-solving and focused deterrence strategies.' Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O'Reilly, director at the College of Policing, said: 'Everyone in policing is deeply concerned about the increase in serious violence taking place on our streets and the danger this poses to the public, and to officers and staff.”

     There are so many pieces of material counting against his, that I will simply list the articles if the reader feels the need to seek confirmation.

     The rise in knife crime in the UK has the same cause as the rise in grenade and assault rifle crime in gun-controlled Sweden. No prizes for guessing the ultimate causes.


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Wednesday, 17 August 2022