It was rather apt that in a week when the Knife Angel sculpture was standing poignantly in Walsall Gallery Square, I was able to lead a debate in Parliament on knife crime and knife crime prevention.
The number of knife crime offences across the country, and in the West Midlands, is far too high.
I called on the Government to progress swiftly on the banning of machetes and zombie knives, and to consider mandating knife arches and bleed kits in certain venues. I also called for greater cross government and multi-agency working to tackle the root causes, and I highlighted examples of some of the positive initiatives being undertaken by organisations such as the The James Brindley Foundation.
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