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KM Community Podcast – Kent County Youth Council joins us to discuss the rise of knife crime across the county – 01/07/19

This week on the KM Community podcast, community reporter Aleeza Shah speaks with Alex McGovern from Kent Youth County Council about how knife crime is affecting the youth of today.

Kent has seen one of the highest spikes in knife crime across the country and many feel the government is not doing enough to stop the trend. 

Last year saw a 25% increase in recorded incidents of violent crime in Kent and Medway. More than 870 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument were reported compared to 717 in 2017.

There has also been a spike in gangs from London grooming children in Kent to take part in drug-related crimes. These County Lines gang-related crimes are the most prevalent in Medway, Dover, Canterbury and Thanet. 

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