Fears raised over Spain’s surge of stabbings that are likened to Britain’s wave of knife crime

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THERE is no denying that Britain’s wave of knife crime has taken centre stage in the UK news this year, where is is reported by the Metropolitan Police that the number of teenagers stabbed to death in London has reached its highest level for more than ten years.

However, reports of stabbings in the Mediterranean paradise of Spain has caused alarm to Spanish residents and British expats residing across the country, as the incidents of knife attacks seem to be ever growing in the local press. In fact, statistically, knife crime has significantly increased in the last three years in Spain where state reports and news in Spain show that there has been a rise in knife violence amongst youths specifically.

The main cities of Spain have seen the greatest amount of stabbings, particularly in Barcelona and Madrid, where this year the government laid on measures to halt the growing trend of violence.

In Barcelona, by the middle of this year, knives had been used in at least 100 crimes, including robberies, brawls and homicides. In response, the Catalan government enforced tougher penalties after a surge of knife attacks took place across the region which had persuaded tourists to stay away from the historically popular European destination.

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Isha Sesay

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