Knife Crime: We Need a Different Solution

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Let’s face it, the current strategies aren’t working very well.

The number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales last year was the highest since records began in 1946, official figures show.

There were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months ending March 2018, Office for National Statistics analysis shows. The ONS says one in four (71) of all victims (285) were men aged 18-24. The figures show a 45% increase in the number of victims aged 16-24 and a 23% increase in those aged 25-34.

There were 132 people killed in London – the highest for 10 years if you exclude those killed in terror attacks

The figures on homicide do not generally vary hugely from year-to-year, which is why the steep increase in fatal stabbings to an all-time high is particularly striking.

It provides further evidence that knife crime is arguably the greatest law enforcement challenge facing the Home Office, police and communities across England and Wales.

Happy Blue Monday!

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Today is supposedly ‘Blue Monday’.  This is a name given to 21 January – claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date using an equation.  Here’s the formula if you’re interested:

[W + (D – d)] x Tq

M x Na


d=monthly salary
T=time since Christmas
Q=time since failing our new year’s resolutions

(By the way, in case you hadn’t realised, 17 January was “International Ditch your New Year’s Resolutions Day!”)

M=low motivational levels
and Na=the feeling of a need to take action.

Thriving in a Slum?

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Sometimes, we can have an experience that just smashes our stereotypes, perceptions and expectations.

On our trip travelling around India over Christmas, my husband Ross and I decided to do a ‘slum tour’ on our last day.  Before the tour I admit to being a bit worried that it was “poverty tourism”, and I’d feel uncomfortable gawking at the less privileged.

Dharavi is the largest slum in Mumbai and the second largest in Asia. It is estimated that just over one million live in Dharavi, which spans just 535 acres, has a population density of an incredible 869,565 people per square mile.

There are approximately 5,000 businesses and 15,000 single-room factories in Dharavi. The slum is the most literate in the country, with a literacy rate of 69%.

I was expecting abject poverty, crime, filth and despair.

In fact, I came away completely inspired.