More than 50 knife offenders a day avoid prison

More than 50 knife offenders a day are avoiding prison despite the Government’s pledge to crack down on those caught carrying blades.

Just one in five people guilty of possessing a knife or offensive weapon is given a jail sentence while the proportion being handed community service or suspended sentences has increased.

The Ministry of Justice figures come a day after it emerged offenders are escaping with as little as a £10 fine.

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