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Assistant chief constable Jacqueline Sebire said that after more than 20 years in policing, the past year has felt “completely different”.
“This level of violence, this constant torrent of every single day another stabbing, another violent incident that we can’t seem to get ahead of,” she told police chiefs and commissioners gathered at a conference in central London.
“There are children as young as 12 involved in stabbings. We have nine and 10-year-olds carrying knives.”
Ms Sebire, who is the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for serious violence, played footage of two teenagers fighting with machetes at a Luton shopping centre while “people were pushing buggies past and toddlers were just walking around”.
She later told journalists that attackers appeared to be bolder and now commit stabbings and shootings in full view of CCTV and passers-by.
“It can be like the Wild West,” Ms Sebire said. “These attacks are happening in broad daylight, in public spaces, that’s what feels different. There are younger people involved who don’t necessarily appreciate the consequences.”
She added: “We have always had people shooting and stabbing each other but the increases and how sustained it is – it’s not peaks and troughs anymore, it’s just constant.”
Nick Hunt, head of the Home Office’s serious violence unit, said knife possession had risen by a fifth in a year, and knife crime overall by 12 per cent.
“A lot more are carrying weapons in some inner city areas because they’re frightened and they feel insecure.”
originally posted by: lakenheath24
This is racial diversity in action. the vast majority are African immigrants placed in the cities.
Honestly I think if the UK granted its citizens the right to carry firearms again in public there would be a sudden rash of dead criminals, followed by a significant drop in petty crimes and the rule of thugs over entire chunks of communities.