Briefing: Offensive Weapons Act – is it enough?

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
August 12, 2019
Danielle Henry, LGiU Associate
Issues Covered
  • Funding
  • prevention
  • rise in knife crime
  • youth offending
Children's services and education, Crime, policing and community safety
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Numbers of knife and offensive weapon offences have risen to their highest level for nearly a decade, with the number of cases dealt with by the criminal justice system up by more than a third since 2015. The Offensive Weapons Act gained Royal Assent in May 2019. Can it work?

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