Lon­don hunts for ways to stop deadly youth stab­bings

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Lon­don, UK - Nearly one young per­son a week has been stabbed to death in Lon­don so far this year, leav­ing Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties hunt­ing for ways to stop the in­creas­ing vi­o­lence.

Twenty-seven peo­ple un­der the age of 25 have been stabbed to death in Lon­don since the start of 2017, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from city hall.

The alarm­ing fig­ure is but ‘the tip of the ice­berg’, ac­cord­ing to Pa­trick Green from the Ben Kin­sella Trust, an ed­u­ca­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion set up in mem­ory of a teenage stab­bing vic­tim.

Po­lice reg­is­tered more than 12,100 knife at­tacks which left 4,400 peo­ple in­jured be­tween April last year and March, the high­est fig­ure in five years.

“Many of the vic­tims of stab­bing are left with per­ma­nent dis­abil­i­ties, per­ma­nent scars, and the most aw­ful dis­abil­ity which isn’t re­ported is the men­tal trauma,” Green told AFP.

“The fact that you re­cover doesn’t mean that you re­turn to your nor­mal life,” he added.

In con­trast to widely held per­cep­tions, the ma­jor­ity of at­tacks are un­re­lated to or­gan­ised crime. Three out of four cases in­volve in­di­vid­u­als who carry a knife be­cause they be­lieve it will make them feel safer.

“This can be a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy, where young peo­ple equip them­selves with a knife and in do­ing so sig­nif­i­cantly up the ante of their chances of be­com­ing a knife vic­tim,” said Bernard Ho­gan Howe, the former head of Lon­don’s Metropoli­tan Po­lice who re­tired last year.

One pro­posal to cut knife crime was an­nounced on Tues­day by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Am­ber Rudd, who wants to ban the pos­ses­sion of weapons such as zom­bie knives and knuck­le­dusters on pri­vate prop­er­ties.

As part of a planned con­sul­ta­tion on knife crime, the gov­ern­ment will also ex­am­ine whether to ex­tend a ban on pos­sess­ing a knife in pub­lic places and schools to in­clude uni­ver­si­ties.

Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan has spear­headed a £7mn pro­gramme, which in­cludes schools where knife crime is preva­lent be­ing given metal de­tec­tors.

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