Half of all children have been a victim of crime or aggression by the time they are 16 and one in five know someone under 16 who carries a knife, shocking new figures have revealed.

The survey shows that repeated Government crackdowns on youth crime have failed.
The survey of 550 children also notes that the Government's flagship British Crime Survey - cited by ministers as the most reliable monitor of crime trends - does not include offences against under 18s.

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