Storbritannia har hatt 277 knivdrap i året som gikk, dvs fem drepte hver uke. Det konservative partiet har fått frem tallene.
According to police figures obtained under the freedom of information laws by the Conservative Party there have been 277 homicides from knives or sharp instruments — that’s five people being killed a week, in the past year.
James Brokenshire, a Conservative spokesman, said, «Knife crime is a scourge which claims too many lives and ruins countless others. Yet under Labor it has soared. The government’s only response is short-term, ad hoc police operations, the results of which they spin and manipulate anyway to try to get a good story.»
The woman in charge of making Britain a safer place is Home Affairs Secretary Jacqui Smith, who recently admitted she didn’t feel safe walking in her neighborhood alone at night. Earlier this month, she had to apologize for misquoting figures that suggested the number of stabbings and teenagers carrying weapons were on the decrease. Smith came under criticism from the head of the government watchdog, the U.K. Statistics Authority, saying the data released was «premature, irregular and selective.»
Regjeringen har varslet tøffere reaksjoner for de som bærer kniv offentlig. Hvor tøff? De får 18 timers samfunnsarbeid i uken og må bære en gul vest med påskriften «samfunnstjeneste».