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One fifth of knife crime offences committed by children.

New figures reveal that over one fifth of offences involving a knife or offensive weapon in England and Wales have been committed by children.

The figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that 4,562 of the 22,286 offences registered leading to cautions or convictions involved children agreed between 10 and 17. Of these 539 were taken into custody with the remainder either receiving discharges, fines or cautions.

Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Barnados commented ‘“Knife crime devastates families and communities, especially as victims and offenders are often children. We need to tackle the root causes and understand why those involved carry knives”.

“The new government urgently needs to work with charities, education, health, youth workers, the criminal justice system and local communities to find long-term solutions, so vulnerable children have a reason to turn away from crime.”