With 40,147 offences, knife crime in England and Wales is now at its highest level since the data began to be collected in 2011. There has been a 56.9 per cent increase in knife crime since 2014, when a low of 25,588 offences was recorded by police…. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Knife crime stands at record highs at over 40,000 offences in the last year, with London being at the epicentre of the violence. In July, dozens of others were impacted by knife crime in the capital, including a teenage boy who was stabbed on a busy Islington street, a 17-year-old in Camberwell during the day and a middle-aged man inside a Leicester Square casino. Just this week, on August 1, a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in Camberwell.