by WorldTribune Staff, April 15, 2018
Machetes have increasingly become the weapon of choice in scores of crimes in Britain.
There is an average of 15 machete attacks a day in the UK, or one every 90 minutes.
The Daily Mail reported that police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes in the last two months of 2017, including 425 in London, 99 in Greater Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands, and 29 each in Merseyside and West Yorkshire.
In January, Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures showed that, in the year to September 2017, police recorded 37,443 offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument in Britain, which has strict gun-control laws.
Related: 98 years after gun control, London faces murder epidemic, cracks down on knives, April 9, 2018
Violent crime overall surged by 20 percent in 2017 with robbery up by 29 percent, and sex offenses surging by 23 percent.
London has had 50 murders so far this year – surpassing the number recorded in New York City over the same period for the first time in modern history.