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Prince Charles on knife crime: Enough is enough

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex (both centre front) pose for a photograph following a discussion about violent youth crime at a forum held at Clarence House in London

THE PRINCE of Wales and The Duke of Sussex have teamed up, in a bid to tackle the rising youth violence in London.

The duo hosted a meeting at Clarence House, where Prince Charles voiced his thoughts on the “desperate need to improve the unacceptable levels of knife crime in Britain”, and calling on experts to “make a dent in this enormous problem” as he declares: “Enough is enough”.

In attendance were specialists, youth workers and those affected by youth violence as the Prince discussed constructive activities and ways to prevent young people getting involved in violence.

“There must be better ways, if we’re going to prevent all these appalling disasters happening to so many people’s families,” Prince Charles said. “This is a thing which seems unacceptable, frankly. We should say enough is enough. This time, we are really going to make a dent in this for the sake of so many young and so many families. That should be our aim.

“It can’t be beyond the power of man or woman to find a way through. I pray that as a result of all this, there may be a way of making a dent in this enormous problem.”

“It does seem to me that this whole problem of youth crime, knife crime, violent crime, is becoming ever more prevalent and the numbers of people being killed to me represents an immense health and safety horror let alone the misery that poor parents and families have to go through increasingly,” he added.

According to The Telegraph Prince Charles mentioned ways things could be improved, citing a need for vocational education. He said to guests: “I have also noticed that a lot of the young were fed up or weren’t suited to the academic sausage machine, hence a lot drop out and we end up often at the Prince’s Trust trying to help them.

“It seems to me the tragedy is that we have not recognised the need for vocational education to help provide what is needed for those people who don’t find a strictly academic course what they need.”

He added: “If you look at so-called primitive societies, they all had a way of recognising and marking that transition which is so difficult during the adolescent period. That usually involved an initiation rite of some sort.

“But in our modern world we’ve thrown all those things away thinking we’re sophisticated and we don’t need them, when in fact I know - I remember (just!) - as an adolescent that of course you need something, some motivation, something to get your teeth into at that period between 14 and 19 where all the worst aspects of this knife crime seem to happen.”

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