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Offensive and dangerous weapons: new legislation

Stopping serious violence is a priority for the government and we are determined to take effective action to protect the public. Police recorded violent crime has increased since 2014 and in the 12 months period ending March 2017, violent crime recorded by the police increased by 18 percent.

The Office for National Statistics have said some of this increase can be attributed to:

  • improvements in how police forces record crime

  • more victims of domestic violence being willing to come forward to the police

  • the creation of new offences and greater awareness of these crimes

However, some of the increases in certain types of violent crime are thought to be genuine, including rises in offences involving knives and firearms.

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