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2 June 2017, 11:50
Leicestershire Police have written an open letter to try and reassure people in the county after a Capital investigation found there have already been more murder and manslaughter investigations in 2017 already, compared with 2016.
Capital requested information on the number of homicide investigations over the last three years, and found there were 7 in the whole of 2016, and 11 between January and May this year.
Many of the attacks are down to knife crime, which Leicestershire Police say is "unacceptable".
Capital spoke to young people working with 2 Funky Arts, a music and arts project that targets young people who are on the cusp of getting involved in crime.
Vijay Mistry runs the group. He's told Capital police are doing the best they can, but there needs to be a community effort also.
Macauley runs a jewellery shop above it, and has told Capital exclusively he was robbed after being threatened with a knife, and a friend with him at the time was stabbed. He says he is not surprised there are more people prepared to use knives.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon has written an open letter this morning, saying: "I want to reassure our communities that specialist officers from our regional team have investigated each and every incident and charges have either been brought or individuals identified in all cases.
"When a murder investigation is launched, hundreds of resources are deployed from specialist officers who support the families of those affected, to forensic investigators, highly-trained search teams and neighbourhood officers.
"We would like to reassure the local community that our efforts to tackle offences where knives have been used are ongoing. In October last year we launched a knife crime campaign, Lives not Knives. As part of the campaign we held an amnesty, which resulted in 193 bladed weapons being handed into police stations over a four week period, that’s 193 fewer weapons on the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
"We have dedicated operational plans in place at the weekends in the city and busy towns in our force area. You may have seen the knife arches or heard about our drugs dog. As well as that we are working closely with our partner agencies, including education to deliver awareness training to schools and young people, we will continue to educate, prevent and enforce.
"We know that our work to tackle this issue and stop people from carrying weapons is no easy task, but we will continue to work with the courts to ensure anyone prosecuted for crimes involving weapons face lengthy custodial sentences.
"We know there are prolific offenders who chose to carry knives, we’re targeting those individuals who are on the cusp of criminality or involved in organised crime groups. We have a specific operation to deal with them and deter them from committing knife crime."