Knife crime in Essex at highest level for six years

Crime / Fri 22nd Jun 2018 am30 10:44am

KNIFE crime in Essex is at its highest level in six years, new figures have shown.

Knife and offensive weapon offences led to 527 cautions or sentences in Essex in 2017/18, the highest number in a year since 601 were recorded in 2011/12.

The number of convictions in the area has risen by three per cent in a year, up from 511 in 2016/17.

However with 33 cautions or sentences handed out for knife and offensive weapon offences per 100,000 people, the rate was lower than the average rate of 41 per 100,000 across England and Wales as a whole.

The increase coincides with a reduction of around 1,000 officers and staff instigated in a long term plan from 2010 to balance budget constraints.

However, in a reverse of policy, Essex Police are set to create 150 new posts in a bid to fight and prevent crime in communities across the county over the next year – funded by an additional £12 a year on the average council tax bill.

A total of 53 officers will join Local Policy Teams who work on the front line on patrol, responding to emergency and priority calls.

Community Policing Teams will get an extra 50 officers to increase visibility, prevent crime and work on the front line with partners to tackle crime and community problems such as anti-social behaviour.

There will also be 21 more detectives to investigate domestic abuse and help vulnerable people to safety, while 25 officers will go to the Operational Support Group – the uniformed team which supports local officers to prevent crime, tackle offenders and carry out visible patrols as well as using specialist tactics.

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Roger hirst has warned Essex residents they are likely to be landed with another £12 on their council tax bill next year to fund additional policing costs.

He said the £12 increase levied on Essex council tax bills this year is not enough to pay for all the extra officers he aims to recruit in the next two years.

Mr Hirst wants to see as many as many as 290 extra officers recruited between now and 2020, taking the total number to around 3,140 through an extra investment of around £15 million.

Most of the 150 officers paid for from this year’s council tax increases will not be in place until January 2019.

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17 Comments for Knife crime in Essex at highest level for six years:

2018-06-22 11:24:07

Stand by for Bandwagon Bob and his "oh how could this have happened?" face, despite him voting to freeze public sector pay and make the police force a less attractive option. Fewer officers and the criminal element in our society will feel emboldened and commit more crime. If you take away youth services and benefits, as Bandwagon Bob has voted to do, you'll drive more into crime as they feel worthless and let down by the system. Austerity is not only bad for your health. Austerity kills.

2018-06-26 05:13:30

London local authorities are moving some of their more troubled families out into Essex. We can't be surprised when behaviour changes. A community is not about its geographical location it is about those people within it. Change the population you change the community.

2018-06-26 06:27:14

Exactly carra. Unfortunately, some people tend to blame the Tories for the tribal warfare that is causing so much death and disruption.

2018-06-26 16:26:17

Fewer police on the beat, a public sector pay cut and the government forcing through additional billions worth of "efficiency savings" and you get a rise in crime. It's not rocket science. And censorship from Your Harlow in... 5...4...

2018-06-26 16:27:30

Say what you really think, boys. We already know, from your dog whistle comments hiding the truth like you think you're smart.

2018-06-27 05:27:28

Rubbish again from ykw. It's all about drugs n turf. No more no less. Get into the real world and stop hating so much. Tribal warfare.

2018-06-27 09:50:21

If you feel so strongly about all this, how about a debate?

2018-06-27 09:51:56

More from Micky and his comically bizarre world view. I wonder, with all his supposed knowledge, why doesn't he stand for the council. Or maybe he already has...

2018-06-27 11:13:09

With your knowledge of "drugs n turf" Micky you sound quite the gangsta. Straight Outta Churchgate Street doesn't have quite the same ring to it as Straight Outta Compton though.

2018-06-27 11:38:37

Read the news papers, all the facts and figures relating to the appalling loss of life on our streets, Can anyone believe that government cuts are responsible for the mayhem that goes on in our streets? Oh yeah, I forgot, ykw. Anything that he dis-agrees with is the fault of RH and the Tory party. Hasn't really got a clue about what goes on. An ostrich if ever there was one. Just to jog a memory. I wouldn't be seen in the same building as ykw, let alone the same room.

2018-06-27 14:28:41

And yet you're scared of debate.

2018-06-27 14:35:04

Better watch your back Jerry. I hear those Churchgate Street gangstas are pretty hardcore with their endless clichés and ciabatta riots.

2018-06-28 07:54:28

So, you legitimise the people who are causing these problems with a futile attempt at gangsta speak. Accusative and racist. Have a debate with you, yer 'aving a giraffe.

2018-06-29 17:16:22

Just to put a lid on the pot known as jfq, (ykw). Why do you think that British police introduced a unit known as TRIDENT ? Exclusively, to try and curb, ' black on black crime', across the country. Go back to your momentum hidy hole, and re-consider your mis-conceived notion, of all that is wrong with our beautiful country, is NOT the fault of the Tories and RH in particular.

2018-06-30 06:34:49

Yes he is...

2018-06-30 06:37:52

How many ethnic minority people do you actually know, Micky? Not many I'll bet. You're content just to believe what you read in the Daily Fail and reinforce your prejudices that way. When you're down an feel a bit low, stand in front of the mirror and cheer yourself up by thinking that, however bad things get, you're not Micky.

2018-06-30 11:46:00

Why do you insist on repeating asides that I have already made. Brain slowing dear. Never down,never low. Only truth-ful to the point that it really gets on your nerves. Haven't you noticed how few people comment here anymore, because of the vicious, spiteful personal attacks on them, by you and your mate, the Champagne Socialist. I told you before that my daughter is married to a hard working and very pleasant guy from Antigua. Makes me one up on you, yet again. Game,set and match. Micky 8 Troll 0.

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