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Nottinghamshire Police reveals knife crime has reduced by 8% across the county, but risen across East Midlands




Knife crime has reduced by 8% across Nottinghamshire.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the national average shows knife crime increased by 7% in the year to September 2019, with the East Midlands average rising by 16%.

In contrast, Nottinghamshire Police’s data shows a 7.6% drop with 810 offences, compared to 882 in the same period of the previous year.

Nottinghamshire Police said knife crime has reduced by 8% (27435417)
Nottinghamshire Police said knife crime has reduced by 8% (27435417)

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “These statistics continue to demonstrate just how much collective effort is being undertaken here in Nottinghamshire.

“The force has invested heavily in investment in proactive enforcement and prevention work to stop people carrying weapons.

“Both the Police and Crime Commissioner and I continue to invest heavily in prevention across our city and county which is fundamental.

"Our targeted and highly successful stop searches are up considerably, we are taking more weapons off the streets, we are charging more people than ever before and our recorded levels of knife crime have continued to reduce despite the increases we have seen in our surrounding forces and nationally.

“We have a comprehensive strategy, a solid level of partnership participation and we are absolutely committed to driving down knife crime and serious violence wherever it presents.”

The force has invested heavily in proactive enforcement and prevention work to stop people carrying weapons.

This includes an increase in front line officers, over a 100% increase in stop and search activity and the continued work of the force’s dedicated knife crime team and robbery team.

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