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.