Prime Minister David Cameron calls for more education on knife crime in the wake of the stabbing of Joshua Folkes in Palmers Green

Prime Minister David Cameron has called for more young people to be educated about knife crime following the stabbing of a teenager in Palmers Green.

Joshua Folkes, 17, was stabbed to death in Bowes Road, Palmers Green, on Tuesday, December 3. Four people have so far been arrested in connection with his death.

Southgate MP David Burrowes asked Mr Cameron in Prime Minister’s Questions about what more can be done to crackdown on knife crime.

He asked: “Last Tuesday Joshua Folkes, aged 17, died in my constituency following a knife attack. Serious youth violence has fallen by some 19 per cent in Enfield, and the Government has toughened knife laws, but what more can be done to rid the streets of Enfield, and those elsewhere in the country, of the carnage caused by knife attacks?”

The Prime Minister said: “We have toughened the law, and I think that that has made a difference, but I think that the most important thing for us to do now is get rid of this dreadful culture of people carrying knives and educate young people about the dangers of carrying them.

“Those who carry knives often end up being stabbed themselves, and sometimes tragically die. It is to that work that we should now give priority.”

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1:40pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Andy_Pagin says...

Time after time I read about some angel-faced youngster tragically murdered in or around Enfield, and discover (eventually) that almost without exception the murderer and victim are both involed in gangs and/or drug dealing.

If this horrendous state of affairs is ever to change we need to concentrate on eradicating gang culture and the drugs trade. Making it ever more illegal to carry certain inanimate objects as weapons is a pointless exercise as history continually shows us.

The people who use knives and firearms as weapons are usually so thick, selfish and detatched from reality that the law is to them a hazy irrelevance.
Time after time I read about some angel-faced youngster tragically murdered in or around Enfield, and discover (eventually) that almost without exception the murderer and victim are both involed in gangs and/or drug dealing. If this horrendous state of affairs is ever to change we need to concentrate on eradicating gang culture and the drugs trade. Making it ever more illegal to carry certain inanimate objects as weapons is a pointless exercise as history continually shows us. The people who use knives and firearms as weapons are usually so thick, selfish and detatched from reality that the law is to them a hazy irrelevance. Andy_Pagin

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