Kids as young as 14 are being told by the police they are at risk of being murdered or seriously injured, according to a Channel 4 investigation.
The ‘threat to life notices’ issued by police has risen by almost 160% in the last two years, taking the total to 166 in London last year alone.
Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and South Yorkshire Police have also witnessed increases between 100% and 150%.
Earlier this year, Police Sergeant Carroll Weeden said that knives have become a “normalised accessory” for young people.
Weeden, who was stabbed while on duty in Hackney, told ITV: “When I worked in youth justice, we used to do cognitive behavioural therapy with young people to encourage them to think before they act, but with knife crime there’s no thinking – it’s become a normalised accessory.”
When will our politicians get a grip and so something about this crime epidemic?