Knife crime up in Colchester and Tendring

Gazette: Knife crime up in Colchester and Tendring Knife crime up in Colchester and Tendring

Knife crime across Colchester and Tendring has risen with almost 50 more offences being recorded in the past year. 

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston, who released the figures, said education, community pressure, policing and sentencing needs to make it clear to residents that it is not acceptable for a person to carry a knife or weapon.

Countywide figures show 117 more knife offences were recorded between March 2013 and February 2014 than the year before, taking the total to 1522.

About half of the offences happened in public places.
Knife crime in Colchester jumped from 135 offences to 145, and in Tendring rose from 153 to 188.

Figures for Maldon shows there was a total of 25 recorded crimes, a rise of 7, and in Braintree knife crime dropped by 9.5 per cent to a total of 57.

Mr Alston said: “It is likely that part of this specific increase is due to the changing demographics of some of our communities, increased reporting of domestic abuse incidents, and police activity around organised criminal groups. I am working closely with the chief constable to ensure we fully understand the nature of these crime patterns.”

Mr Alston added: “I will continue to support proactive policing to take weapons off our streets, and bring those carrying weapons to justice. As PCC, I will also continue to support the ethical and proportionate use of stop and search tactics to target those carrying weapons or dealing in drugs. I believe the vast majority of the people of Essex are in agreement with such an approach.”

Anyone with information about a person carrying a knife or knows that a violent act is likely to occur, should call Essex Police on 999 or 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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10:37am Thu 15 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Instant arrest, charge and then bang them up hard time.
AVPG:
Instant arrest, charge and then bang them up hard time. AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
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10:45am Thu 15 May 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Why do we have a picture of a police chief with a broad beaming smile accompanying such bloody awful news?
Why do we have a picture of a police chief with a broad beaming smile accompanying such bloody awful news? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 17

10:53am Thu 15 May 14

Smouldering Ewok says...

OMPITA wrote:
Why do we have a picture of a police chief with a broad beaming smile accompanying such bloody awful news?
Exactly my thoughts.
Not very tactful is it?
But then again The Gazette uses stock photo's for a lot of stories, and that is probably a photo from the elections.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Why do we have a picture of a police chief with a broad beaming smile accompanying such bloody awful news?[/p][/quote]Exactly my thoughts. Not very tactful is it? But then again The Gazette uses stock photo's for a lot of stories, and that is probably a photo from the elections. Smouldering Ewok
  • Score: 8

11:10am Thu 15 May 14

Jack222 says...

'Banging them up' - at a cost of £40,000 of tax money a year I object.

To explain; it is not stated what the 'knife crime' is; a concealed item as some one is cared?; actually used to threaten? ; actually used in self deefence? actually used to attack? I see a big difference between the cases I mention.

So, some are just stupid - educate them. Some use in self defence - educate and community order them . Some use is nasty - jail.

But can we have less 'bang them' speak - it's an incredible waste of many to jail - it should be a last resort.
'Banging them up' - at a cost of £40,000 of tax money a year I object. To explain; it is not stated what the 'knife crime' is; a concealed item as some one is cared?; actually used to threaten? ; actually used in self deefence? actually used to attack? I see a big difference between the cases I mention. So, some are just stupid - educate them. Some use in self defence - educate and community order them . Some use is nasty - jail. But can we have less 'bang them' speak - it's an incredible waste of many to jail - it should be a last resort. Jack222
  • Score: -8

6:44pm Thu 15 May 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Jack222 wrote:
'Banging them up' - at a cost of £40,000 of tax money a year I object.

To explain; it is not stated what the 'knife crime' is; a concealed item as some one is cared?; actually used to threaten? ; actually used in self deefence? actually used to attack? I see a big difference between the cases I mention.

So, some are just stupid - educate them. Some use in self defence - educate and community order them . Some use is nasty - jail.

But can we have less 'bang them' speak - it's an incredible waste of many to jail - it should be a last resort.
say that one again, when your walking down the road with a knife sticking out of your head.
tell that one to jay winstons or jim attfields family?
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: 'Banging them up' - at a cost of £40,000 of tax money a year I object. To explain; it is not stated what the 'knife crime' is; a concealed item as some one is cared?; actually used to threaten? ; actually used in self deefence? actually used to attack? I see a big difference between the cases I mention. So, some are just stupid - educate them. Some use in self defence - educate and community order them . Some use is nasty - jail. But can we have less 'bang them' speak - it's an incredible waste of many to jail - it should be a last resort.[/p][/quote]say that one again, when your walking down the road with a knife sticking out of your head. tell that one to jay winstons or jim attfields family? TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 5

8:06pm Thu 15 May 14

Mr Stork says...

Well said jack222
Well said jack222 Mr Stork
  • Score: -1

9:30am Fri 16 May 14

Catchedicam says...

Jack222 wrote:
'Banging them up' - at a cost of £40,000 of tax money a year I object.

To explain; it is not stated what the 'knife crime' is; a concealed item as some one is cared?; actually used to threaten? ; actually used in self deefence? actually used to attack? I see a big difference between the cases I mention.

So, some are just stupid - educate them. Some use in self defence - educate and community order them . Some use is nasty - jail.

But can we have less 'bang them' speak - it's an incredible waste of many to jail - it should be a last resort.
Absolutely right, banging them up is a waste of money, a public flogging would be a better deterrent and far cheaper, humiliate the despicable little sh!ts and remove their 'street creed' once and for all, education will not work on the uneducable.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: 'Banging them up' - at a cost of £40,000 of tax money a year I object. To explain; it is not stated what the 'knife crime' is; a concealed item as some one is cared?; actually used to threaten? ; actually used in self deefence? actually used to attack? I see a big difference between the cases I mention. So, some are just stupid - educate them. Some use in self defence - educate and community order them . Some use is nasty - jail. But can we have less 'bang them' speak - it's an incredible waste of many to jail - it should be a last resort.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right, banging them up is a waste of money, a public flogging would be a better deterrent and far cheaper, humiliate the despicable little sh!ts and remove their 'street creed' once and for all, education will not work on the uneducable. Catchedicam
  • Score: 0

3:22pm Sat 17 May 14

RetiredVal says...

When you want a portrait painted you commission an artist to do it. Now we have a Police and Crime commissioner ! Number of police down, crime rate up ! Whay has the commissioner been comissioning ?
When you want a portrait painted you commission an artist to do it. Now we have a Police and Crime commissioner ! Number of police down, crime rate up ! Whay has the commissioner been comissioning ? RetiredVal
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