Five people stabbed each week

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Five people are stabbed on the streets of South Yorkshire every single week, The Star can reveal.

The last five-and-a-half years have seen 1,340 stabbings, slashings, or puncture wound injuries – 663 of which were classified by police as ‘serious’.

The crimes, between 2008 and April this year, involved robberies, violent attacks and sexual offences.

In the 15 months up to April this year, 313 stabbing offences were recorded by South Yorkshire Police.

Most were committed in Sheffield city centre, where 19 such crimes were logged, followed by Burngreave, which suffered 13.

There were 12 stabbings in Barnsley town centre and also 12 in the Manor and Castle.

But police insisted stabbings are ‘rare’.

Chief Inspector Caroline Rollit, of South Yorkshire Police’s firearms support group, said: “Stabbings are still rare in comparison with other crimes.

“The figures cover injuries ranging from a very small nick in the skin to serious stab wounds that require hospital treatment - so the majority of these will be smaller wounds.

“But it is still worrying, and officers from the firearms support group visit every single secondary school in the county now to deliver their Guns and Knives Take Lives presentation.

“We hope that has had an impact in the last 10 years, and we will continue to deliver that to get the message across.”

She added: “We also utilise stop and search powers which have resulted in people being arrested for possession of blades.

“The offence can carry a minimum of five years in prison, and up to 10 years.”

Anyone with information about gun and knife crime should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.