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Police focus on Nottingham knife crime is ‘relentless’, says chief

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The Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police has said the police’s focus on knife crime is ‘relentless’ in light of high-profile stabbings in the city.

The force said the county was a safer place now than before the pandemic following the release of crime figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

However, high-profile stabbings over the past year have included the death of Michael Anton O’Connor in the Meadows in November 2021, for which 11 people have been charged in connection with remain

A 16-year-old boy was also stabbed outside a pub in Top Valley a month earlier.

Chief Constable Graig Guildford said things are improving in terms of knife crime across the city and county.

“Knife crime will always be one of my priorities because of its effect on individuals but also its effect on communities,” he told Nottinghamshire Live.

“Statistically we have less knife crime per 1,000 people than the average in the UK.

“Secondly, knife crime has reduced year on year for the last three years in Nottinghamshire. And Nottinghamshire has less knife crime than Leicestershire and Derbyshire, which is a significant fact.”

In the year up until September 2021, there were 714 serious offences recorded across Nottinghamshire that involved a knife, according to the ONS.

The figures equate to 6.1 per 1,000 people, lower in comparison to Leicestershire (7.1) and Derbyshire (7.5).

There were 771 knife-related offences recorded in the year up until September 2020, and 810 the year before that.

CC Guildford added: “We have a relentless focus on knife crime, we’ve got a good violence reduction unit, an excellent outreach programme, custody intervention and we also fund Redthread at the hospital (Queen’s Medical Centre).

“That’s all with the view of diverting people away from gangs, but also making sure people are aware of the impacts of knife crime on themselves, on their family and on society – it will always be a focus.”

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