South Yorkshire Police have moved to reassure residents about safety on the county’s streets.
The last five-and-a-half years have seen 1,340 stabbings, slashings or puncture wound injuries across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley – at just under five per week and not as published in yesterday’s Star.
Chief Inspector Caroline Rollitt, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Stabbing offences are rare compared to other crime types but every stabbing is treated extremely seriously by South Yorkshire Police.
“While five offences per week is considerably lower than the 25 quoted in The Star, it is still five offences too many and this is why officers deliver a powerful Guns and Knives Take Lives presentation to every single secondary school in South Yorkshire.
“Anyone found with a bladed weapon could face up to ten years in prison, it really isn’t worth it.”
We sincerely apologise for the error and any confusion caused.
The total number of stabbings between January and April 2013 stood at 70.
The number of stabbings in the whole of 2012 was 243, down from a recent high of 271 in 2009.
South Yorkshire Police said the figures cover crimes ranging from very small nicks in the skin to serious stab wounds that require hospital treatment.
■ Anyone with information about knife or gun crime should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.