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The British take away knives

May 24 2006

British society has returned to the pressing issues - the level of crime in the country, which is growing every year. Among the measures aimed at solving problems with maintaining law and order - a decision about the need to withdraw from the population "surplus" of knives.

About the beginning of the action, which will take approximately one and a half months, was officially announced this week, and carried it into part of a larger campaign to restore order in British cities .

The government's decision to reduce the number located on the hands of the knives found support in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland in this regard for some reason stands out - it has developed its own program. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the problem is in this country most affected. According to statistics, for example, in the Scottish Strathclyde is three times as many crimes with the use of bladed weapons than in any other areas of the country. One way or another, but the call is available to take home knives concerns today every law-abiding Britons.

It is worth noting that this is not the first such episode in the history of Albion. The last time the authorities declare "amnesty" in 1995 when, in west London was stabbed to death the director of a local school. Murder shook the community, and then just a few weeks have been voluntarily handed over 40 000 units of bladed weapons.

Yielded tangible results as "amnesty" in 1993, held in Scotland: there was significant decline in crime, including particularly severe with the use of bladed weapons.

This year, an occasion to return to the experience of campaigning for the removal of knives and sharpening steel frequent cases of crimes with their use. Camel lawmakers crowded the last two killings this year - a 15-year old boy and a constable.

In general, according to statistics, the number of crimes using knives is about 6% of the total number of offenses in the UK. In London last year there were over 12,000 such incidents. In most cases, the perpetrators become adolescents aged 15-18 years.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone in his comments, meanwhile, went no further truths: "We need to make clear ... that if you commit a crime in this city, to use a knife, or if you are arrested for possession of knives, you will face serious punishment."

"Severe punishment" for wearing an ordinary knife, the blade's length of which exceeds 76 mm, without any compelling reasons that may be imprisonment of up to 5 years (as in the case of firearms). At least, that are making a number of British organizations.

The views of officials, I should say not very much at odds with the views of groups advocating for tighter control over the proliferation of knives.

Interior Minister Vernon Coker Britain, in particular, questioned whether the knife is a tool for self-defense . "If you think that when you take with a knife, you agree to protect yourself, it is not so" - he said.

As a result, it comes to the absurd, as is expected, will give not only swords, flow knives and so-called "Butterfly", but also kitchen knives and products for household use.

Representative of the Ministry of Interior concluded simply and bluntly: "We are trying to remove knives from circulation."According to him, up until a knife will not be handed over to the police station, he might not be in the wrong hands.

Under the innovations require changes in legislation, and for that everything is already prepared. Thus, the country's parliament will soon be considered a law aimed at reducing crime (Violent Crime Reduction bill). Among the many proposals that are made, it is expected to raise the age at which citizens are entitled to purchase cold steel , up to 18 years.

Jovan Pacific.


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