Schools in England to give extra lessons on dangers of knives

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Home Office plan to support and inform pupils aged 11-16 ahead of summer break as knife and gang crimes soar

Pupils in schools in England are to be given additional lessons before the summer holidays warning them of the dangers of carrying knives.

Children at risk of knife crime are known to be vulnerable during the long summer break, especially if they have time on their hands and, with the schools shut, have no safe space. Campaigners say that, due to government cuts to youth services, there is also a shortage of activities for young people during the six-week holiday.

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