New high for first-time convictions for knife crime in Nottinghamshire

Convictions and cautions for first-time knife crime offenders in Nottinghamshire have reached a ten-year high, new figures reveal.

By Staff Reporter
Thursday, 31st October 2019, 12:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st October 2019, 12:52 pm

Ministry of Justice figures show that 411 criminals were sentenced or cautioned for a first knife or offensive weapon crime in the year to June.

They accounted for 69 per cent of all knife-related cautions and convictions in Nottinghamshire, and represented the highest number of first-time offenders since the year to June 2009.

The statistics include possession of, or threatening with, a knife or offensive weapon, and one sentence or caution can include multiple offences.

Convictions for first-time knife crimes have risen in Nottinghamshire.

The figures also show that children aged 10 to 15 were convicted or cautioned on 59 occasions in Nottinghamshire – accounting for ten per cent of knife-related crimes in the area.

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s chief executive, said a future with ‘no qualifications, no job prospects and no role models’ is making many young people vulnerable to gangs who coerce them into carrying knives.

He added: “The Government urgently needs to work with charities, education, health, youth workers, the criminal justice system and local communities to find long-term answers and restore children’s hope, so they have a reason to turn away from crime.”

In Nottinghamshire, 34 per cent of convictions and cautions for knife-related crime led to an immediate prison sentence.

Mr Khan said: “Tough sentences are part of the solution, but we need to tackle the root causes and understand why those involved carry knives.”

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