A knife crime every 24 minutesThe terrifying scale of knife crime in Britain is laid bare today in unpublished figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday.
An exclusive study of statistics from 37 police forces reveals that, in just three months of this year, almost 5,500 serious crimes involving knives were committed - or one every 24 minutes, around the clock.
The figure includes 55 knife-related murders, more than 2,000 stabbings and almost 2,500 muggings at knifepoint.
The statistics were gathered under new rules which, since last April, oblige police forces to keep separate records of knife crime and were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
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