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Shocking Statistic: Crime Involving a Machete Occurs Every 90 Minutes in the UK

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The rise in violent crime in London and the wider UK has been a topic of much debate in recent weeks, with many attributing the increase in violence to cuts to the budgets of police forces throughout Britain, while Home Secretary Amber Rudd has dismissed this suspected correlation.

A crime involving a machete occurs every 90 minutes in the UK, with over 15 incidents reported per day in the last two months of 2016, according to data cited by the Daily Mail

The figures also reveal that gangs in particular are using these weapons to intimidate their victims in robberies and other crimes, but there has also been numerous incidents of victims and rival gang members being hacked to death by the large blades, which are quite easy to obtain in most of the UK’s major cities.

READ MORE: Violent Crime Almost Tripled in Manchester, UK Since 2010 Due to Budget Cuts

Earlier this year, in February, a 20-year-old man was killed by a group of machete-wielding attackers in London’s Belsize Park. Numerous similar attacks have taken part in the first quarter of 2018 outside of the capital, particularly in crime hotspots in the Midlands.

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently unveiled the British government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which aims to tackle the rise in violent crimes, particularly stabbings, and deter youngsters from carrying out such offenses.

London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) launched a series of overnight anti-gang raids on April 11, making nine arrests, seizing two firearms and a kilogram of a suspected Class A drug.

Around 200 officers took part in the raids, which have been hailed as a “major blow” to the city’s MDP gang, which have found to be active in the drug trade and other illegal activity.

READ MORE: Submachine Gun Seized, Nine Arrested in London Anti-Gang Raids

“They are very violent, several of them have a history of serious violence, at least one is suspected of regularly using a firearm. Not only have they been, as it appears to us, supplying crack cocaine and heroin, they have been making a huge amount of money,” Met police Commissioner Cressida Dick told reporters prior to the raids.

Critics argue that the government is adopting a short-term approach to the matter, when they should instead be reversing budget cuts to bolster police manpower and allow local forces to utilize proactive policing tactics.

However, the government has shrugged off these calls and has given no indication that it will reverse the austerity measures any time soon.


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