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THE Minister welcomed the success of the Home Office's Tackling Knives Action Programme, a campaign run by 10 forces including South Wales.

"It shows that, with co-operation by police, we have reduced the number of knife incidents," said Mr Hanson.

"There has been a strong fall in the number of people entering accident and emergency departments with knife injuries."

But the Minister said encouraging youngsters not to carry knives was as important as punishing them when they are caught.

He added: "We are looking at wider programmes in schools and the communities.

"Overall, the figures on the Tackling Knives Action Programmes show we have stabilised the number of deaths, reduced the number of incidents and I'm very confident we will be able to make further progress."
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