Youth stabbing epidemic

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In 2018, the number of knife and dangerous weapon offences rose to its highest level since 2010. Almost 40,000 offences involving knives or sharp objects were recorded by police in 2017, according to figures released by the office for National Statistics (ONS) which said "high harm" criminal offences have been building over the past two years. Knife crime can be placed under a number of offences. The ones that were measured include: homicide, attempted murder and threats to kill. The legal definition of an offensive weapons includes anything intended to be used to harm another person, like a sharpened comb. It is also illegal to carry a 'disguised knife'- anything with a concealed blade or sharp point that's made to look like an everyday object like a pen, cigarette lighter or lipstick. Stabbing can have a serious impact on those involved especially on a family member or someone close to you. The number of young people stabbed in London and other major cities has increased and this should be a worry to all of us. That is why we need to look at ways to stop people carrying weapons and prevent knife crime as 'no knives means better lives.'

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