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Surprise at attitudes to knife crime

Knives
Some shops are removing knives from display

Older people should "stop stereotyping" teenagers as being involved in gangs and knife culture, students at one London school are saying.

Young journalists at Hornsey Girls School were focusing on knife crime and the perceptions of people in their local community toward the problem.

They found some London hardware shops were making it more difficult for young people to buy knives, by removing them from display.

But after speaking to people of all ages around Crouch End, in north London, they were surprised at some of the negative attitudes portrayed by older people towards the young.

'Worried'

Sevil, 13, wrote the television report.

"I learned a lot and it was a very interesting subject," she said.

"Older people seem to think knife crimes are even more common than young people believe.

"Teenagers are being stereotyped and there are a lot of negative attitudes."

But she was pleased to find that it was more difficult to buy a knife than she had expected.

One shop told her they would only sell a knife to a teenager who was with a "responsible adult".

"Knife crime has not affected our school," Sevil added.

"But I know a lot of slightly older boys are worried that it could happen to them, just because they go into a different area to the one they are from."




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