In the Media

Campaigners want five-year jail terms for carrying knife

PUBLISHED December 14, 2004

Relatives of stabbing victims have begun a campaign calling for an automatic five-year minimum jail term for carrying a knife. They also want a minimum sentence of six months for carrying a blade shorter than three inches.

The Home Office is expected to announce measures to tackle knife crime tomorrow. A spokesman said these could include raising the minimum age for purchasing a knife to 18, bringing them in line with the sale of fireworks and alcohol.