All secondary schools in London to be offered knife detectors

All secondary schools in London are to be offered knife detectors to check pupils for weapons as part of a major crackdown on growing knife crime in the capital.

 

Secondary schools across the city are being invited to apply for a metal detecting “wand” to screen students. In addition every school will get its own “safer schools” police officer as part of a package of measures announced by London’s mayor on Tuesday.

 

The wands are already being used by about a dozen schools in the capital, according to the mayor’s office. The plan is to extend their availability to other schools, particularly in areas where knife crime is most prevalent.

 

Announcing the crackdown, the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, said: “Every death on the streets of London is an utter tragedy, and I am deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime on London’s streets.

 

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