Session 2007-08, 19 November 2008

Oral Evidence

Knife Crime

The Home Affairs Committee will hold its first evidence session on Knife Crime on Tuesday 25 November. The session will explore the scale and characteristics of knife crime, comparing official statistics with popular perceptions and the experiences of frontline professionals.

At 10.30am

€ Dr Bob Golding, Associate Lecturer in Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth

€ Mr Gavin Lockhart, Research Director, Policy Exchange

At 11.15 am

€ Professor Karim Brohi, Trauma & Vascular Surgeon, Barts and the London NHS Trust

Location: Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee said:

"So far this year 28 teenagers have died violently in London, 22 of whom were killed with a knife. This is an incredibly important issue that deserves in-depth and cross-party attention and this inquiry will aim to achieve this. We will be talking to the people most affected by knife crime, the victims and perpetrators to try to discover why we have such a big problem with knife crime and what we can do to solve it."

"This session will look at perceptions of knife crime and how the media represent this terrible crime. It is important to tackle the issue of measuring its prevalence as a priority."