The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced a new strategy to help tackle knife crime.
He has put forward the idea of Knife Crime Prevention Orders. These are orders (instructions) that could be given out by the police, if they think someone often carries a knife. They'll be able to give these orders out to anyone aged 12 or over.
The orders include:
- Making the suspect attend a knife awareness course
- Banning them from meeting up with members in their gang (for up to two years)
- Giving the suspect a curfew to keep them at home and not on the streets where gangs hang out
- Banning the suspect from social media
If someone ignores the order, it will be a criminal offence and they could end up going to prison for up to two years.
Some questions to think about...
- Do you think this a good idea? Why/why not?
- Is it fair to punish someone if they are just suspected of carrying a knife, even if they haven't been caught?
- Will banning a suspect from using social media make a difference?
- Is a two year prison sentence a good idea for people who break the order?
- Is 12 too young?
Leave your comments below and check out the article on the BBC here.