One in three knife criminal receive prison sentences

PUBLISHED: 13:55 19 April 2019

In 2018, 441 people were cautioned or convicted by police for possession of a knife or offensive weapon, or threatening others with a knife. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

In 2018, 441 people were cautioned or convicted by police for possession of a knife or offensive weapon, or threatening others with a knife. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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Prison sentences were handed to just one in every three people who committed a knife-related crime last year.

In 2018, 441 people across Avon and Somerset were cautioned or convicted by police for possession of a knife or offensive weapon, or threatening others with a knife, according to Ministry of Justice data.

Of those, 131 were re-offenders and 34 had been cautioned or convicted three times or more and just 150 people, or 34 per cent, received an immediate prison sentence.

The proportion of knife criminals being sent to prison by judges and magistrates dropped from 41 per cent in 2017, despite the number of criminals officers dealt with increasing by two 
per cent.

In 84 cases, knife criminals were handed a community order, 74 offenders were given a suspended sentence and a further 79 were hit with a fine or discharged from court without a sentence.

Approximately one in six people convicted or cautioned for knife crimes last year were under the age of 18.

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