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Knife crime: 35% increase in blade possession convictions in Northern Ireland ‘deeply concerning’

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The SDLP's Dolores Kelly said the figures were "deeply concerning". (Katie Collins/PA)

The SDLP's Dolores Kelly said the figures were "deeply concerning". (Katie Collins/PA)

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The SDLP's Dolores Kelly said the figures were "deeply concerning". (Katie Collins/PA)

Figures showing a 35% rise in convictions for carrying a knife in public over three years are "deeply concerning", an MLA has said.

According to the Department of Justice, 220 people were convicted of the crime in 2019, up from 163 in 2017.

Worryingly, there were also two convictions for carrying a knife on school property.


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