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Home Office in the media blog: Monday 4 March

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Home Office in the media

Today's Home Office in the media blog focuses on coverage of knife crime.

Knife crime

There is widespread prominent coverage in print and broadcast of the issue after two 17-year-olds were stabbed to death in separate incidents over the weekend.

The deaths of Yousef Makki, from Greater Manchester, and Jodie Chesney, from East London, are featured on the front pages of the Telegraph, Mail, Express, Mirror, Metro and i newspaper.

The papers reports that Yousef, who died on Saturday night, was a gifted schoolboy who dreamt of being a heart surgeon. Jodie, a keen Girl Scout who was once invited to Downing Street, had been listening to music with friends in a park in Harold Hill when she was stabbed in an “unprovoked attack”. Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested over the Yousef’s death.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:

Young people are being murdered across the country and it can’t go on.

We’re taking action on many fronts and I’ll be meeting police chiefs this week to hear what more can be done.

It is vital that we unite to stop this senseless violence.

There is also a factsheet on the Home Office blog on what the Government is doing to tackle violent crime and support the police with new powers and funding.

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