1 in 5 carries a weapon

The Sun reports today that one in five teens admit to carrying a weapon – far more than Government figures claim.

A survey carried out by Portsmouth University revealed that nineteen per cent of the 14 and 15-year-olds polled admitted being armed in the past year.

But Home Office stats released last week said only one in 16 carried weapons.

In the latest poll, 60 per cent said they did it for protection.

Just 20 of the 1,426 youngsters questioned admitted they carried a weapon to attack.

One per cent said they had them only in lessons and 5.1 per cent said they did it both inside and outside school.

Some 71 per cent felt safer in school than out.

Prof Carol Hayden, who led the study, told the Sun:

It provides some reassurance on the majority while raising concern over a minority.

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