Knife crime thug walks free after 30 arrests in shock ‘soft justice’ MoJ stats

A thug was arrested for the 30th time for having a knife and was allowed to walk free.

He got a community order – while another yob got a suspended sentence when nicked for the 21st time.

The horrifying examples of soft justice in 2019 and 2018 were revealed by the Ministry of Justice.

They were branded a “betrayal” by campaigner Tracey Hanson, 55, whose son Josh, 21, died in 2015.

His killer – now serving life – had 17 convictions for knife offences.

Tracey, of Kingsbury, North West London, said: “How many times do you want somebody to carry a knife, threaten someone, to be a danger, for someone to think that person needs more serious intervention?”

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Promising a blitz on Britain’s stabbing epidemic, Mr Johnson said during the election campaign in 2019: “A majority Conservative government would come down hard on the scourge of knife crime.

“We have committed to putting an extra 20,000 police officers on our streets, but they need to have the powers to act decisively and effectively to prevent crime and see that offenders face justice.

“That’s why today we are announcing greater freedoms for the police to use stop and search on individuals who are known to have carried knives in the past.

“We are also speeding up prosecutions to make sure the threat of being caught is always an effective deterrent.”

The Tory plan was a three-pronged strategy, which also vowed to invest £35million in violence reduction units which link-up police and social service to stop young people joining gangs.

New court orders would allow officers to swoop in on historic offenders who have been armed with knives before.

And Mr Johnson said he would pull knife-wielding thugs off the street and behind bars with a pledge to charge offenders within 24 hours and guarantee a court appearance within a week.

But Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy said the Tories had failed on crime, adding: “The government has real questions to answer here.

"Prison isn’t always the answer but repeat offenders should not be on the streets.

“The Tories aren’t serious about tackling knife crime.”

The MoJ said: “Tough laws, longer sentences and robust community orders will help protect the public and deter criminals.”

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