More than a third of knife criminals in this area are reoffenders

More than a third of adult criminals caught carrying a blade in Humberside have previously committed a knife crime, new figures show.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 8:05 am
The Ministry of Justice figures reveal there were 231 convictions and cautions for knife possession in the 12 months up to September. Photo: PA Images

Anti-knife crime charity the Ben Kinsella Trust says too many offenders “simply reappear on our streets still carrying weapons”.

The figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal there were 231 convictions and cautions for knife possession in the 12 months up to September.

In 83 cases, or 36%, the offender had committed at least one previous offence of carrying a knife, while in 20 cases there were three or more past offences.

Immediate prison sentences were given in 56 of the repeat offences while 13 were dealt with by suspended jail sentences and seven by community orders.

For seven of the offences the outcome was not specified in the data.

Across England and Wales, 12,458 convictions and cautions were given to adult offenders for knife possession in the 12 months up to September.

Out of those, around a third were repeat offenders.

Patrick Green, chief executive of anti-knife charity the Ben Kinsella Trust, said: “I remain worried about the continuing high levels of repeat offending.

“All too often we see the criminal justice system having little or no effect on habitual knife carriers.

“Despite going before the courts and receiving a conviction, too many offenders simply reappear on our streets still carrying weapons.”

The Ministry of Justice states repeat knife possession offenders should expect a custodial sentence, but added sentencing remained a matter for independent judges.

Justice Minister Chris Philp said: “This Government is determined to make our streets safer and those caught carrying a knife should expect to face time behind bars.

“We are doing more to build back confidence in the justice system recruiting 20,000 extra police officers, making it easier to use stop and search.”