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Knife and gun crime injury admissions fall

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New figures have shown that fewer people were admitted to hospital last year with gun or knife crime injuries.

Around 94 people per week in England were treated for knife injuries by doctors in the period between July 2007 and March 2008.

In total, 4,914 people were treated, representing a 6% fall on the same period 12 months previously. However, it is a rise of 3% from five years ago.

The number of injuries from firearms fell by 5% to 1,120. Over a five-year period the figure has fallen by almost a fifth.

Ministers will welcome the latest data as the evidence suggests that attempts to crack down on gun and knife crime are working.

Home Office minister David Hanson said the data was “encouraging”.

“It is especially so in the areas and age ranges we targeted during the first phase of Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP). Building on a previous fall in admissions for assault with a sharp object we saw a 28% reduction in the nine English TKAP areas compared to 16% in non-TKAP from July 2008 to the end of March 2009 compared to the same period the previous year for the 19 and under age group.”

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