On Wednesday, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Camberwell, south London. His death was the latest in a string of killings across Britain this year.
In London alone, five teenagers have died from stab wounds this year, including two other 15-year-olds.
Last month, it was revealed that almost 4,000 teenagers were treated for knife injuries in English hospitals in the past five years and in 2010/11, more than 80 of them were under 14.
Figures held by the Ministry of Justice revealed that an average of five under-18s per day are found guilty of carrying knives by the courts – and in the past decade, the number of 12-year-olds convicted of ‘having an article with blade or point’ in a public place doubled, while the number of 11-year-olds convicted has risen fourfold.
But Patrick Regan, CEO of XLP, a charity which helps kids escape from gangs, told Channel 4 News that the debate over jail time for knife killers was not the main issue surrounding knife crime.
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