In November 2018, five people were stabbed to death on the streets of London in the space of six days. Three of the victims were teenagers. That spate of killings followed a summer filled with harrowing reports of knife violence.
After several years of decline, knife offences in England are on the rise again. According to the most recent crime figures from the Office of National Statistics, offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument are at the highest level ever recorded, at almost 40,000 for the year to June 2018.
Hospital statistics in England back up the trend, showing a 7% rise in admissions for assault by a sharp object over a similar period.
[For more on this story by Alex Gray, go to https://www.weforum.org/agenda...rime-like-a-disease/]