Appalled by the shocking surge in stabbings across the West Midlands since the start of 2018, which has seen five people killed, regional UKIP MEP James Carver, is backing demands for tougher penalties for anyone found carrying a knife
Kidderminster-based Mr Carver is urging the public to sign a change.org petition launched by the Express & Star calling on the Government to bring in mandatory prison sentences for anyone caught in possession of an offensive weapon.
He said: “It is deeply shocking that since January 1 there have been 21 serious knife attacks, five of which tragically ended in fatalities, including the deaths of two young girls.
“Figures show a 77 per cent increase in the number of deaths caused by knives across the region from 13 in 2015 to 23 last year. It is imperative that this surge is halted, and I welcome and fully endorse the newspaper’s campaign.
“I hope people will take a moment to sign the petition and that the Government acts quickly to change the law to deter people from carrying offensive weapons, such as knives, which in the wrong hands, inflict so much destruction, loss and grieving.”
It has to stop: E&S launches campaign for tougher sentences for knife crime
The Express & Star today launches a campaign to change the law on knife crime after a surge in murderous violence at the start of 2018.