Session 2008-09, 26 February 2009


Knife Crime

Home Affairs Select Committee holds knife crime seminar in Bristol

The Home Affairs Committee will visit Bristol on Monday 2 March to hold a round-table discussion with community groups, young people, academics, local politicians and police officers as part of its ongoing inquiry into knife crime.

During the event Committee Members will hear why young people carry weapons from experts at the University of Cardiff and about the work of the Bristol Gang Awareness Project in resolving conflicts between young people, and watch an anti-knife animation made by Bristol school children as part of the Sharp Shotz Competition.

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee said:

"As part of our inquiry we are building a picture of the prevalence and characteristics of knife crime in different parts of the country. Headline figures for England and Wales stand at 270 knife murders in 2007/08 and an increase of 18% in robberies involving knives towards the end of 2008, but how do these figures break down? It is therefore important that we get out of Westminster to visit Bristol and other cities to hear about their experiences and learn from their good practice."

Details of this inquiry were set out in a press notice issued on 15 July 2008.