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Police step up fight against knife crime

PUBLISHED: 16:39 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:39 21 July 2015

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Most victims are under 18

POLICE in London are stepping up their fight against knife crime.

The campaign coincides with the introduction of new sentencing guidelines nationwide for people convicted of carrying knives.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Haydon, the Head of Trident Gang Crime Command, said: “It is a tragic fact that most of the people killed or injured as a result of knife crime in London are under 18.

“It is so important to reach out to young people and try to educate them and make them realise the very real consequences of carrying knives.

“Carrying a knife leads to using a knife and there is every chance that the knife you may use could actually be used on you.”

Police will be carrying on stop-and-searches, patrolling areas where they think people are likely to be carrying knives, and using knife wands – metal detectors which pick up on concealed weapons - on public transport.

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