News in brief…

  • Since 2002, the number of youngsters hospitalised with knife wounds has almost doubled. Today’s Sun newspaper reveals a shocking 88% increase.
  • Yet Home Secretary Jacqui Smith told GMTV yesterday: “Knife crime is not more serious than it has been.”
  • A woman is on the run after slaying a recently-miscarried woman with a knife near the Home Secretary’s Peckham home on Tuesday night. Earlier this year Miss Smith admitted she would not feel safe walking alone in certain parts of London after dark. Two armed guards were in position outside her house following the attack.
  • Anti-knives campaign Operation Blunt saw children go through a metal detector while waiting for a bus yesterday in Purley, Surrey.
  • London is safe for our children, according to London Mayor Boris Johnson. But he told a knife crime conference: “I want to make it much safer.”

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