Hospitals treated up to 84 stabbing victims last year, data suggests

Stab victims accounted for up to 84 admissions to hospitals in the East Riding/Humberside last year, figures suggest.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 8:00 pm
Data shows there were between 12 and 84 hospital admissions following an assault with a sharp object in 2020. Photo: PA Images (posed by model)

The Ben Kinsella Trust anti-knife crime charity said the Government must take steps to prevent another rise in attacks across the country as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

NHS Digital suppresses small numbers to protect victims’ identities, but data shows there were between 12 and 84 hospital admissions in this region following an assault with a sharp object in 2020.

This was compared to between 30 and 90 the year before.

Across England and Wales, there were 4,100 hospital admissions after attacks involving a sharp object last year, down from 4,800 in 2019.

However, the Ben Kinsella Trust said the drop last year was largely achieved because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Chief executive Patrick Green said: “While any drop in knife crime is clearly a good thing, there is an ominous warning contained in these figures.

“As the country unlocked in July, blade attacks soared.”

Office for National Statistics figures show knife crime rose by 25% between these periods, with 12,120 offences across England and Wales.

Mr Green added: “As we emerge from lockdown three and restrictions are eased, the Government, local authorities and police must take steps to ensure that we do not see a similar surge in knife attacks as we witnessed last summer.

“This includes helping youth services to get up and running as soon as possible.”

Charity Stand Against Violence said people become involved in violent crime for many different reasons, including desperation, fear and status.

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said the Government is investing millions into tackling the causes of violent crime, supporting “vital” youth projects and working with local partners to protect young people at risk.

He added: “Too many young lives are being needlessly lost.

“We are working closely with the police and others to stop this senseless bloodshed, particularly as Covid restrictions are eased over coming months.”