The Telegraph as investigated the issue, see the article Knife crime worse than thought
Yeh. Why on earth would you include ABH, rape or threats to kill? Don't be silly! That'll put the figures up!
Police figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that forces in England and Wales are on course to record a total of 38,000 serious knife crimes this year – more than 100 a day.
The figure is at least two-thirds higher than last year's total of 22,151 offences, announced by the Home Office in July when it unveiled its first annual count of knife crimes.
The sharp rise has come about because ministers have changed the counting rules, in response to complaints that key categories of crime were excluded from last year's total.
As a result, this year's statistics will not be directly comparable with last year's. Critics said this defeated the purpose of introducing the knife crime count, which was intended to allow police to monitor year-on-year trends....The reason for the increase is that knife offences categorised as actual bodily harm, rape, sexual assault or threats to kill, which were all excluded from last year's knife crime count, are all included this year.
Sunny says "In practice, that means certain "suspicious-looking" (read: black) kids will be harassed". He thinks that police targeting knife crime will mean black people will be stopped and searched, not because they may look suspicious with their personally aggressive behaviour, their hand in the pants as if they are packing heat, and LA crips style of dress; but because they have darker skin you see. That's because all police are white and racist. You'll see, if police go after knife crime we'll see a stark increase in black catholic nuns being searched and aggressively put in custody. Sure ting.
Cases of wounding, grievous bodily harm and knifepoint robbery, which made up the bulk of last year's figures, will continue to be included this year. Mere illegal possession of a knife is not counted in the totals; if it was, the figures would be much higher....Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, said it was alarming that the Government was underestimating the scale of knife crime.
He said: "Knife crime is a scourge that is harming and all too often destroying young lives up and down the country. You cannot begin to combat a problem if you cannot even measure it accurately."