Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Tackling Knives Action Programme - FAILURE

Reports on the news today say that Jaquie Smith's multimillion pound 'Tackling Knives Action Programme' has failed as yet another youngster is stabbed to death.

Vernon Croaker, Schools Minister defends the 'Tackling Knives Action Programme' by saying:

'if we look at the overall numbers of knife related violence, we see that down by 17%, and if you actually look at the number of murders in that age group (under 20's) rather than all ages the number of murders are stable there and there are good signs that that will improve as we move forward'

What does he mean 'stable'? Millions of pounds have been wasted on a project that obviously doesn't work.

If we look at the facts, we see that in the year following the start of the tackling knives action programme, the number of over twenties killed went up by 7%, from 96 - 103.

In the under twenties, youngsters killed by a knife or sharp object did not change, despite the operation in ten areas.

Between July 2007 and March 2008, twenty three knife related deaths occured.

Between July 2008 and March 2009, twenty three under 20's were killed.

In London knife crime was down from 754 in last three months of 2007 compared with 657 in last three months of 2008, but in the Thames Valley, Nottingham and Greater Manchester, knife crime rose.

The scheme is set to be taken up by six other police forces and will focus on 13 -24 year olds

More money wasted on stupid projects!


A 13 year old girl has been arrested in Croydon, South london, after police find sub-machine gun in her wardrobe.

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