London Stabbings – Knife Crime with Injury 2007 – 2012

The number of stabbings in London that have led to injury has remained relatively consistent from 2009 to 2012, stabilising around 4000 stabbings a year.

Table of London Knife Crime Offences that have caused Injury by Borough 2007 – 2011

BOROUGH Knife Offences with Injury 2007-08 Knife Offences with Injury 2008-09 Knife Offences with Injury 2009-10 Knife Offences with Injury 2010-11 Knife Offences with Injury 2011-12
Barking and Dagenham 24 92 141 110
Barnet 21 65 99 95
Bexley 19 57 48 44
Brent 32 119 163 153
Bromley 12 85 96 97
Camden 38 84 93 138
Croydon 37 146 179 157
Ealing 33 154 202 183
Enfield 35 122 144 148
Greenwich 28 122 141 138
Hackney 41 160 218 195
Hammersmith and Fulham 19 87 108 105
Haringey 39 151 201 229
Harrow 8 62 54 61
Havering 18 53 83 84
Heathrow Airport 0 0 0 0
Hillingdon 24 85 109 80
Hounslow 14 75 88 103
Islington 28 132 155 165
Kensington and Chelsea 10 53 57 54
Kingston upon Thames 17 38 41 42
Lambeth 63 214 222 260
Lewisham 54 161 167 225
Merton 22 49 71 63
Newham 52 226 283 265
Redbridge 14 97 94 74
Richmond upon Thames 9 29 24 26
Southwark 53 240 324 259
Sutton 11 44 54 55
Tower Hamlets 33 155 139 146
Waltham Forest 31 125 153 131
Wandsworth 35 99 131 102
Westminster 31 121 118 146
TOTAL 905 3502 4200 4133 3970

source MPS 2012

Figures are dependent on offences that have been reported and recorded by the police.

The data provided on this table refers to where a knife has actually caused an injury to the victim. The previous knife crime offences tables on the citizensreportuk.org site included knife offences where a knife was either seen or spoken of to threaten a victim.

Knife offences With Injury:All offences of Murder, attempted murder, threats to kill, manslaughter, infanticide, wounding or carrying out an act endangering life, GBH without intent, ABH and other injury, sexual assault, rape, robbery where a knife or sharp instrument (defined as any instrument that can pierce the skin) has been used and caused injury.

The “Knife Crime with Injury” category may provide a better indicator of potentially lethal knife use, rather than “knife homicides” or “knife crime with serious injuries”. A wounding from a knife in a seemingly non-lethal area can very easily lead to severe and fatal consequences dependent on access to medical care and whether a major artery or organ has been damaged. The element of chance means that any knife wound is potentially lethal but luck and skill of health services has prevented many of these stabbing injuries leading to fatalities.

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2 Responses to London Stabbings – Knife Crime with Injury 2007 – 2012

  1. Natasha Sheene says:

    Four thousand stabbings a year in London for the last three years is a staggering amount. That the number of fatalities (in the hundreds) is so low has to say something about both the intent behind the majority of the stabbings and the pace and skill of our NHS services (bless them and long may we keep them). Alas policing seems to be making little difference in reducing or preventing these stabbings and Mayor Boris is a blithering idiot who thinks more Latin classes is the answer to youth violence. There seems to be no long term strategy to get real reductions in stabbings and no robust theories as to why the level of stabbings in London has remained so high for so long.

  2. Tony f says:

    What we learn from London stabbings is that too many people think its gonna be ok sticking a knife in someone whether that’s with intent to kill or not. The days of a punch up to settle an argument are well over and knives and gun use becomes the style of cowards. In my day those who resorted to knives and guns were seen as weak tossers who didn’t have the balls to face up to someone without resorting to weapons.

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