Latest quarterly figures show a large reduction in knife crime across Greenwich borough.
The data from July to September 2018 shows a reduction in knife crime with injuries reducing from 54 in Q1 to 38 incidents in Q2. Knife crime for those under 25 causing injuries (non-domestic) reduced from 26 to 11.
Total weapon-related offences fell from 163 to 121.
It’s a welcome fall after sharp increases over the previous year. Woolwich in particular had seen some large increases including 56% in Woolwich Riverside ward and 92% in Woolwich Common ward.
These figures can be volatile and we await data on the rest of 2018 and early 2019.
Despite London-wide homicides rising to the highest level last year for a decade it is still below most years in the 1990s and 2000s.
130 murders took place in 2018 which is lower than 154 a decade earlier in 2008. 2003 saw 221 murders.