Fourth teenager in a month dies from knife wounds
Sunday 30 January 2011
Britain's adolescent knife culture claimed its latest victim in the early hours of yesterday morning, when an 18-year-old became the fourth teenager to die on the capital's street this year.
He died in a part of south London not normally associated with gang disputes. East Dulwich is a predominantly middle-class area and yesterday shoppers on the busy high street nearby were shocked that the violence they read about had spilled into their "oasis".
The latest violence underlines the growing threat from knives as new figures obtained by The Independent on Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act show the number of children convicted of carrying bladed weapons has doubled in the past decade, despite repeated government initiatives.
Details of the surge in the use of knives come as the Government prepares to publish a report on street crime by the actress Brooke Kinsella, whose brother Ben was fatally stabbed in 2008. She was asked to review efforts to tackle gun and knife crime last summer.
Her report is expected to call for a further crackdown on weapons – but will also claim that schools should give lessons on the danger of carrying knives.
But Ministry of Justice figures show that 1,359 under-18s were found guilty for possessing "an article with a blade or point" in England and Wales in 2009. In 2000, the number was 697. Those found guilty include 20 children aged 10, 60 aged 11, and 190 12-year-olds.
Experts claimed the increase in convictions represented only the tip of the iceberg. David Wilson, a criminologist, said some youngsters carried knives to demonstrate masculinity, but many more did so "because they were scared".
In Dulwich, however, the debate comes too late for one more teenager.
The trouble is believed to have started at the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, which hires out its bar on Friday and Saturday nights.
The area is flanked by two large housing estates which nestle among the suburban semi-detached houses and rows of Victorian terraces.
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more