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ON July 3 2008, the Mirror launched its Stop Knives, Save Lives campaign, making five demands... 1 Give our police tools to catch knife thugs IN July 2008 the Government launched the Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP) in 10 police areas.

An extra pounds 2million was given to police forces to step up enforcement operations, home visits and clamping down on retailers selling knives. Officers were also issued with hundreds more search wands and dozens of extra airport-style arches to detect blades.

The scheme is now going into a second phase, with pounds 5m for the 10 original forces and six others.

2 Launch amnesty to bring in the blades A NUMBER of knife amnesties have been organised around the country in the last year, including an eight-week amnesty in Glasgow this year and another in Coventry where more than 60 blades were handed in one day.

3 Nurses must report treating stab victims IN August 2008 the General Medical Council produced draft guidelines stating that hospital staff should inform officers when knife victims are admitted.

Until then hospitals had to inform police only when someone was admitted with a gunshot wound.

4 Teach pupils that knives solve nothing AS part of the TKAP initiative police have been given extra resources to educate youngsters about the dangers of knife crime.

West Midlands Police held a series of knife crime events for 1,200 young people, encouraging them to sign up to a peace pledge. And Essex Police have established 14 youth crime forums to encourage them to find solutions to knife crime.

5 Texts and internet will help win battle LAST November an initiative urging schoolchildren to secretly text details of classmates with knives was launched by Crimestoppers in 15 London boroughs. So far, the charity has had 375 text messages with information that has been useful to law enforcement and the scheme is to be extended across Britain.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 19, 2009
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