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Brooke Kinsella to assess anti-knife projects

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The Home Secretary asks former Eastenders star, Brooke Kinsella, to assess the effectiveness of government projects.

Former Eastenders star, Brooke Kinsella, will carry out a fact-finding mission looking at schemes designed to stop young people carrying and using knives, the Home Secretary announced today.

Ms Kinsella, whose brother Ben was murdered two years ago this week, has been asked by the Home Secretary and Prime Minister to visit projects across the country and report on their effectiveness. 

Read the press release here.

Horrible consequences

Her findings, including details of projects she thinks are making the biggest difference, will be presented to the Home Secretary later this year to help shape the government’s work on preventing violent crime.

‘Most young people are hard working and law abiding, but those who carry knives need to know it’s wrong and the horrible consequences of their actions,’ said Ms Kinsella.

‘I’m pleased the Home Secretary has asked me to do this work because I want to make sure youngsters across the country are getting the best help available - in the hope it helps stop other families going through what we did.’

Theresa May added: ‘The tragic loss of life we’ve seen on our streets, like the death of Ben Kinsella, is unacceptable and we need to help young people stay safe by ensuring they know the dangers of carrying and using knives.’

Ms Kinsella will begin visiting projects across the country from next month - sitting in on education sessions, meeting mentors and speaking with young people.