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Letters: Sharp practices - The BIG issue.

Byline: Robert Mills

HOME Secretary Charles Clarke has launched a knife amnesty, backed by the Daily Mirror. Anyone who hands in a knife at a police station between May 24 and June 30 will not be prosecuted. But readers want to see tougher sentences for those who carry knives...

WHY do the government and the police continue to insult us with knife and gun amnesties? The rise in violent crime in recent years, especially youth rime, is simply due to a eduction in the numbers of police and to the lenient sentences handed down to vicious criminals.

Charles Clarke is using this amnesty to excuse a lack of police on our streets and poor morale within the forces because of low pay. It's highly doubtful that gangsters in Birmingham and Brixton will simply hand over their weapons.

Robert Mills, Basingstoke, Hants
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Feb 13, 2006
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