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Wes questions Prime Minister on knife crime

Wes used his first ever Prime Minister's Question to draw attention to the prevalence of knife crime, especially amongst young people, following the fatal stabbing of Charlie Kutyauripo in Woodford on the 9th January.

Questioning David Cameron, Wes said that, "just under two weeks ago a sixteen-year-old boy was murdered in a knife attack in my constituency.

"I am sure the whole house will want to join me in sending our deepest condolences to Charlie's friends and family.

"Given that knife crime in London rose last year and that the number of teenage deaths as a result of it peaked at its highest level in seven years, what action will the government take to make sure that we don't return to the days when knife crime in London affecting young people in particular was merely a fact of life?"

In his response Cameron sent his condolences to Charlie's friends and family, saying that "there is nothing anyone here can say that will give them the comfort they seek."

Cameron added, "what I would say is we have toughened the law in terms of knife crime offences and the level of custodial sentences people are getting for those crimes.

"The police have done a huge amount to crack down on knife crime, which is why overall it has fallen by something like 17% since 2010, but I think there's still more in terms of educating children and young people about the danger of carrying a knife. In so many of these cases the carries of the knife ends up the victim of the knife attack so, as well as tough penalties, strong policing, we also need better education."

Click here to watch Wes' question

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