Stats…

– Every week in 2007, a teenager was murdered on Britain’s streets

27 out of the 52 teenagers who died last year were murdered in London

– In a Channel 4 Dispatches survey of 100 male youths aged between 11 and 18 in two South London boroughs in January 2008:

  • 33 claimed to be current or former gang members and/or had committed serious violence against other youths
  • 48 claimed to have suffered serious violence (only 9 reported this to the police)
  • 25 had been threatened with a knife
  • 7 had been threatened with a gun
  • 18 had been hit with a hard or a blunt object
  • 14 had been cut or stabbed with a sharp object
  • 6 had been shot at

– In a similar survey of 100 male youths in parts of Glasgow:

  • 51 admitted to a violent lifestyle
  • 64 had suffered serious violence at the hands of another youth (only 10 reported this to the police)
  • 27 had been threatened with a knife
  • 2 had been threatened with a gun
  • 43 had been hit with a hard or a blunt object
  • 4 had been cut or stabbed with a sharp object
  • 3 had been shot at

Download the full survey here (PDF)

Crimestoppers says

  • 69 teenagers are victims of knife crime every week in London and nearly half of all murders are carried out with a knife.
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