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New figures have revealed the hundreds of weapons seized

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in schools across London in the past 18 months.

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They include samurai swords, knives and even air pistols.

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Most of the cases involve teenagers, but some weapons were found

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Friday prayers at the East London Mosque.

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Hundreds came to honour another victim of knife crime.

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Prayers were heard around the body, stabbed to death

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Afterwards, his family pleaded for change.

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Please make sure you look after your children, pray for my son.

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This is what these kind of crimes do to individuals,

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Thousands of people today at his funeral were crying

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He is one of 16 young people stabbed to death so far this year.

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There is new evidence the problem of knives is coming

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New figures show an increase in the number of weapons

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Over the last two years, there were 533 weapons found

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in schools in London, ranging from samurai

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swords to airguns, and included bricks and rocks.

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215 were taken from 13 to 15-year-olds, but four were taken

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Sometimes the younger children are used to carry for older

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children, so they are learning from their siblings,

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These cases are very worrying, because if you don't catch

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the younger children now, they will go on to continue to be

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That is the challenge for police, finding the weapons

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Last week we went out with undercover police,

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A lot of kids carry them in school bags.

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It is not until another classmate tells the teacher

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That is where this sort of approach comes in.

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A response unit from Lewisham tackling knife crime.

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This is one way of easing the problem, but it

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also risks alienating the young people affected.

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Another option is weapons arches, one of the tactics being used

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at Newman Catholic College in Harlesden, where they are

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This school is not having problems with weapons.

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The headteacher says trust between pupils,

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teachers and the local police is key.

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Psychologically, the children know that the teachers are everywhere,

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we welcome them in the morning, we are at the bus stops,

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we bring people to assemblies, we can do safety arches,

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so they know that safeguarding and all of the issues have a really

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high priority in our lives and in their lives.

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Charities say a lot of the young people who carry weapons do it

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because they feel unsafe, so what might help?

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It is giving young people a space to be heard.

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Young people say they are not heard, so they give up.

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They are not being heard, they feel there is no space for them

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One of the programmes we deliver, they have that space.

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Violent crime is very rare, but to keep it that way,

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weapons have to stay out of classrooms.

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More now on that cyberattack on NHS computers.

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As we've been hearing, hospital services have been hit

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Yes, it has been hit hard, the number of hospitals are growing. If

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you hours it was at eight hospitals, now we know 15 hospitals have been

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hit right this attack. We have a full list, ...

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The QE2 hospital and Northwick Park have also been affected. GP

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surgeries have also been affected, but we don't know how many. What is

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the advice to patients? If it is not an emergency, do not go into your

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accident and emergency, call the non-emergency line, 111. This is

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affecting non-emergency operations and switchboards, so add new

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hospital their switchboard is down. We also know that ambulances are

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being diverted to neighbouring hospitals. One doctor said he is

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using pen and paper, one patient who was due to have an operation today

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said he had been waiting for months, he was frustrated by this. The

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system is still down, and every hour that goes by, there is more

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disruption, and that means patients are going to have to wait until they

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know when they can use their local hospital.

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A virtual-reality company in London has raised

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$500 million of investment, one of the biggest amounts ever

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A Japanese bank is backing Farringdon-based Improbable,

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valuing the start-up at more than $1 billion.

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The firm was founded just five years ago and builds large-scale virtual

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"worlds" and simulations, mainly for gamers.

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Hundreds of would-be Cilla Blacks turned out

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They were auditioning for the lead role in a new show about the singer.

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Cilla The Musical at the Dominion Theatre will tell

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the story of the late star's rise from cloakroom attendant to major

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's

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It looked reasonable where I was, and it does across King's Cross. It

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is not especially cold. A fair amount of cloud first up, but I am

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hopeful the odd light show will pass away. The showers in the afternoon

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are light and largely connected, or collected, across northern and

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western parts. If you are stepping out for Saturday evening, there will

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be a couple of hours of wet weather. The frontal system clears away

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eventually and leaves us with a lot of dry weather around. Don't be

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surprised north of town to see a scattering of showers. Most of them

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will be light. Should a long on that south-westerly breeze. I would urge

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you if you can to make the most of that weekend whether prospect,

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because, as you can see, by Monday we are looking at something wet and

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windy. A bit of a mixed bag earlier on

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today, some of us were cloudy with

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