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Knife crime is 'a complex issue': expert comment from Dr Michael Wyness

Police commissioners in the UK have warned that pupils excluded from school are being drawn into knife crime. Dr Michael Wyness from the Centre for Education Studies has commented on these claims, and other possible factors behind the ongoing rise in knife crime.

He said: "The current concern over knife crime among young people in our cities is a complex issue. The focus in recent days has been on the lack of police resources and school practices that reinforce processes of social exclusion among a minority of young people. At the same time, issues of austerity and poverty reduce the capacity of some parents to provide guidance and protection for their children as well as compromising the ability of local authorities and agencies to support vulnerable children on the street."

7 March 2019

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