Four people were stabbed to death on my sector (the North East) yesterday.

I’ve been on nights this week, so I was only really involved in the Walthamstow and Tottenham stabbings, though I caught the aftermath of the Leyton one. As they’ve all been reported in the national news, I can’t give any details other than to say what I heard from the crews and 999 callers was quite stomach churning and heartrending, and why the hell do people go round doing this to each other?

What the newspapers DON’T report is the hundreds of non-fatal stabbings that happen every day. Stabbing used to be a major big deal, but now it’s commonplace, and only makes the news if someone died. There was another stabbing in the afternoon on my sector, where the patient had life-threatening head wounds, but I cannot even find one mention of it on the news. The sad thing is that it’s only going to get worse, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if in ten years’ time, shootings were just as commonplace as stabbings are now.

Published Jul 11, 2008 - 10 Comments and counting

10 Comments on “Knife Crime”
  1. Martin Says:

    Please don’t succumb to the hyperbole. Yes – incidents have increased. But by how much?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/07/sceptical_of_knife_epidemic.html

  2. Kerry Says:

    A few days ago I was walking down a particularly rough high street with my brother-in-law and we got to chatting about the state of things at the moment. I was commenting about the difference in news from 3 years ago to now, how I can’t open a paper or go online and check what’s happening without 90% being taken up by violence and death, more recently the spate of reported deaths by stabbings, beatings and guns.

    He was trying to explain the principle behind this (journalist), currently, it is the IT topic, everyone is talking about it, it sells papers, it gets politicians trying to sort out something to cover up something else and some more stuff I can’t even remember.

    To a degree I can understand this yet on the other hand I can’t. All violence is deplorable and wrong, where are we headed when a stabbing is no longer even mentioned because it is not high profile enough.

    I was subject to a particularly violent assault on the underground last year, loss of sight, 3 reconstructive surgeries, all of this during peak hour traffic on a busy line, not a word in the paper, not even the free ones. 3 years ago, this would have been reported on.

    Mark, I hear you when you say it is only going to get worse and wonder why there seems to be nothing that can be done about it. Why when there are so obviously so many people who fee the same way?

  3. Tom Reynolds Says:

    I nearly went on the Leyton job, but I was trying to get some sleep so another crew took it.

    I mention this was because the first thing out of all our mouths was “Another one? Probably nothing…”

    And overheard on the radio, someone passing a blue call as “Stabbing to abdomen, probably nothing too serious but heh-ho…”

    I know that we are cynical swines, but it’s the sheer number of these sorts of things that batters down your resistance to them. And, yes, we sometimes look for the things we’ve gone to in the papers and unless they are fatal (and an ‘interesting’ fatal at that) they normally ignore them.

  4. Martin2 Says:

    Let’s keep this in perspective. The number of fatal stabbings in the UK has not increased significantly, averaging about six per week for many years. It’s just the latest media frenzy. Remember killer dogs? Happy slapping? They’ll soon find something else.

  5. Claire Says:

    Martin2 is right. Not living in the UK anymore but still reading the news on a daily basis, I have been struck often there are themes to the news where certain things will get reported on in much more detail for a time, until Joe Public gets bored of reading about them… then there will be something else.

  6. Tash Says:

    Unfortunately, the fact that people and the media may soon latch on to something else does not alter the fact that people are being stabbed to death now, does it?

  7. mummypenguin Says:

    Hear, hear Tash. I have a feeling that we now judge everything in statistical terms and as we know there are “Lies, damned lies and statistics”.

    I also worry about the tendency to use ‘eye-witness’ reports because they are immediate and from the scene. They are also just one person’s view and as has been repeatedly proved in Court, people do not see everything that happens in a detached, factual way.

    Finally, I cannot imagine how hard it must be to come to terms with the loss someone you love with a bunch of journalists and cameramen watching your every move and pushing for statements. Fine if the family voluntarily wants to speak out but how often are they pushed into it?

  8. ergrg Says:

    i think you people are sick

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  10. Margaret Says:

    I remember this day. The Leyton stabbing was on the road my then-boyfriend, now-husband lived on. He was barred from entering the road for four hours, as was everyone else who lived there. The local pub did a roaring trade in those four hours, so at least somebody's day was brightened as a result of this tragic event.

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