Number of young people penalised for carrying knives at eight-year high

Ministry of Justice data shows under-18s were cautioned or sentenced for knife possession 1,180 times from April to June

More young people are being cautioned or sentenced for carrying knives than at any time for nearly eight years, new figures have revealed.

Under-18s were penalised for knife possession 1,180 times from April to June, Ministry of Justice statistics show – the highest quarterly tally for that age group since the period July to September 2009.

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