Knife crime in Birmingham: six fatal stabbings since April

There have been six fatal stabbings in Birmingham in the past six months, since April this year.

There were eleven in the whole of 2012-13 and four in 2011-12, according to figures released by West Midlands Police.
In 2012-13 there were 1,615 knife related incidents in Birmingham.
This, say police, is down more than 60 per cent since 2006-07.
Today’s lengthy statement from the police aims to put the recent fatal stabbings in a wider context of crime reduction. But the figures for the last six months are stark, and will do little to convince Brummies that their city is becoming a safer place to live.
Police are conducting a campaign in local schools – Knives End Lives – aiming to educate youngsters about the dangers and consequences of carrying knives.
Last week, two Birmingham teenagers were stabbed to death in separate incidents in Birmingham.

In March this year, 16 year-old Christina Edkins was stabbed to death while travelling to school on a bus in the city centre.  The man accused of the murder has not yet stood trial.

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