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Debate on knife crime

The Conservative MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, has called for more targeted use of stop and search procedures by police forces as a way of tackling knife crime.

He led a Westminster Hall debate on the problem on 27 November 2012, following the stabbing of Essex teenager Jay Whiston in September.

Mr Carswell said that people should not be "apologetic" about the use of stop and search.

He added that more decisions over crime and justice should be taken at a local level, arguing that "one size fits all decisions" were not working.

During the year to June 2012 there were 29,613 recorded offence involving knives, 9% lower than the previous year.

According to the national crime survey, a knife was used in 6% of all recorded violent incidents and in 2011-12, 4,490 people were admitted to English hospitals following assault with a sharp object.

Labour MP David Lammy said that criminal justice issues were only part of the problem, saying society needed to "get to grips" with underlying issues, such as education, employment, community, aspiration and parenting.

"We've followed the US and gone down a road of rampant materialism and misogyny," he warned.

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