British minister calls for new approach to end knife crime

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London, Feb 20 (IANS) British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called on Monday for “a different approach” to tackling the “terrible” toll of knife deaths as a 19-year-old became the fifth London teenage this year to die in a stabbing.

Rudd said “incentives” would be provided in a “different approach” to knife crime. It would see more emphasis placed on helping communities spread the anti-blade message, Xinhua reported.

The home secretary said more money would be invested in “early intervention” schemes that seek to divert young people away from carrying blades, as part of a new anti-violence strategy.

Rudd’s comments come in the wake of a surge in fatal stabbings in London. In the latest tragedy, Lewis Blackman died on Sunday after clashes on a street in West London.

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Rudd said each death was a “disaster and tragedy.”

–IANS

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