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article imageOp-Ed: Britain's youth knife culture

By Alexander Baron     Feb 7, 2014 in Crime
Southwark - The 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence set off an hysterical campaign that continues to this day, but few people mentioned the real issue.
If you have never heard of Stephen Lawrence — ie if you have been living on Mars for the past 20+ years — here is a very brief introduction.
In the US there is a massive gun lobby, and in many states ordinary people may carry firearms either openly or concealed. Mass shootings and the Zimmerman-Martin case in particular have led to considerable debate over this issue — America's insane gun culture.
In the UK on the other hand, guns are for the most part illegal, which means that ordinary people and even career criminals can usually obtain them only with difficulty. Most people are happy with that. On the other hand, knives of various sizes and types are relatively easy to obtain, although carrying a knife in public is again for the most part illegal. This can lead to vexatious and at times absurd prosecutions.
Here is a case from 2008. Ignore the claim that Jane Bellas faced a four-year gaol sentence, that is typical tabloid sensationalism, but having a knife in her car did lead to her being dragged into court. And there you were thinking a motor vehicle was a private rather than a public place.
That being said, there are times when carrying a knife in public is most definitely not to be recommended, and the police are right to intervene. The two babies below were seized recently by the Metropolitan Police. Earlier this week, the two unnamed teenagers concerned who were carrying them around Southwark, each pleaded guilty at Camberwell Green Youth Magistrates Court to possession of a bladed article. They received a four month youth offending referral order apiece.
Elsewhere, a man arrested in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Surbiton last month has now been charged. He has been named as David Mortimer, and has been remanded in custody. A second suspect has been bailed pending further inquiries.
David Mortimer is in his 20s, but regardless of either that or the outcome of his case, knives in general have no place on our streets, as can be seen from this dedicated website, and from this list of teenage fatalities over a two year period.
One of two knives seized from two teenagers in Southwark on February 2  2014.
One of two knives seized from two teenagers in Southwark on February 2, 2014.
Metropolitan Police Press Bureau
One of two knives seized from two teenagers in Southwark on February 2  2014.
One of two knives seized from two teenagers in Southwark on February 2, 2014.
Metropolitan Police Press Bureau
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