Knife Crime in Coventry – What can be done?

Knife crime in Coventry and the West Midlands is on the rise.

Official figures released by West Midlands Police show ten people were killed as a direct result of knife violence between June and August this year – compared to three during the same period in 2016, an increase of just over 300%.

Statistics obtained from a Freedom of Information Request by Councillor Ed Ruane also revealed that the number of incidents involving knives and young people under 18 in Coventry rose from 17 in 2012 to 38 already this year.

I spoke with Councillor Ruane, who is the cabinet member for Children and Young People in Coventry, to get his thoughts on the issue and what can be done to tackle it.

 

Jak Edgley

 

 

 

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