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Knife Crime Prevention Orders

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New powers imposing restrictions on people thought to be carrying knives are to be trialled in London.

Knife Crime Prevention Orders would impose sanctions such as bans on using social media and bans on visiting certain areas or meeting individuals.

Orders would target anyone in England and Wales aged 12 or over suspected of being involved in knife crime.

The trial - which has been criticised for potentially criminalising 12-year-olds - will take place over 14 months.

The trial - which has been criticised for potentially criminalising 12-year-olds - will take place over 14 months.

It is due to start from 6 April.

The Home Office said the orders were intended to be "preventative rather than punitive" in a bid to encourage people to change their behaviour and avoid being drawn into knife crime.

Commander Jane Connors, from the Metropolitan Police Service, said the orders would be a "valuable tactic in preventing violence on the streets of London".

For full article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51733754

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