Knife crime in Birmingham: the faces of 13 people killed in stabbings amid calls for more education
With knife crime remaining a huge issue in Birmingham, we are remembering those whose lives have been tragically lost through knife crime in Birmingham and the West Midlands in 2022
Knife crime has become one of the biggest issues across the UK in recent years.
Lives across the country are needlessly lost through gang violence, with knife crime ruining the lives of families every year, and it’s a continuous problem in our region.
Government figures released in 2022 show that thousands of West Midlands youngsters were convicted or cautioned for knife crimes in just over a decade.
Ministry of Justice figures for West Midlands Police show young people were involved in 3,060 knife crime cases which resulted in cautions or convictions between July 2010 and June 2021, but the true scale of crimes involving children is likely to be higher.
The Ben Kinsella Trust, established in memory of a teen knifed to death at the age of 16, has called for more to be done to educate young people on the dangers of knife crime following recent rises in violence.
The charity’s CEO, Patrick Green, said the figures illustrated the negative impact knife crime was having on young lives, adding “no child was born carrying a knife”. He said: “We should not forget that young people are also increasingly likely to be victims.”
Lynne Davies started the Daniel Baird Foundation after her son Daniel died following a stabbing at a pub in Birmingham in 2017. Daniel was 26 when he was fatally stabbed in the heart at the Forge Tavern, in Digbeth. He had been out celebrating a new job with friends before he bled to death in minutes.
Since he died, Mrs Baird has campaigned to prevent knife-related killings through the foundation. The mum-of-eight founded the Control The Bleed: Save a Life campaign which provides bleed kits designed to treat wounds quickly and effectively at numerous locations around Birmingham and the rest of the country.
Lynne says the number of stabbings in the city in recent years highlights the need for more to be done to combat knife crime. “I think we need more bleed control kits out there so more people could be saved, but knife crime should not be happening at all,” she said.
Now, lets remember those whose lives have been lost through knife crime in Birmingham and the West Midlands in 2022.