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Government pledge more funds to help end youth violence

DEVASTATING IMPACT: A young person yielding a knife

THE HOME Office have announced than an additional £500,000 will be spent to try help youths who are at risk of becoming violent offenders and those already involved in gang and knife crime.

The Home Office also declared that it will expand its Ending Gang and Youth Violence frontline team to cover four more priority areas - Hammersmith and Fulham, Merton, Leeds and Bradford.

Figures from the Metropolitan police suggest around 60 per cent of knife crime attacks that are carried out are gang related.

The extra £500,000 will go towards the £4m being used to aid the Communities Against Guns, Gangs and Knives Fund which supports 189 voluntary and community sector organisations.

In total, the Home Office has already committed £18m of funding until 2013 to support the police, local agencies and voluntary sector to tackle knife, gun and gang-related violence and prevent youth crime.

"Serious youth violence has a devastating impact on communities and needs to be stopped,” said Home Secretary Theresa May.

"We need to change the life stories of the young people who too often end up dead or seriously injured on our streets or are sucked into a life of violence and crime.

"This package of support will help police protect communities as well as boost the innovative work being done at a local level by charities and voluntary groups to provide vulnerable youngsters with a way out.”

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