Knife possession offences in England and Wales reach record high

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The number of people cautioned or convicted for carrying knives in England and Wales has reached record levels, Ministry of Justice data shows.

There were 14,135 offences in the year to September 2019 – the most since the data was first compiled in 2007.

When possession offences involving other weapons were added, the total was almost 22,300 – the most since 2009.

This week it was reported Boris Johnson will lead a new cabinet committee looking at ways to tackle the crime.

It comes after data released by the Office for National Statistics in October revealed police-recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument hit a record high in the year to June – up 7% on the previous 12 months to 44,076.