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Judge warns teenager: ""It's not tough to carry a knife

PUBLISHED: 13:37 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010

Knife culture blamed for rise in violence

Knife culture blamed for rise in violence

A TEENAGE boy was left in no doubt that it s not tough to carry a knife after he appeared before a district judge. The 14-year-old from the Mile End area had been spotted dropping a lock knife on the floor in Mile End Road by police when they were called

A TEENAGE boy was left in no doubt that it's not tough to carry a knife after he appeared before a district judge.

The 14-year-old from the Mile End area had been spotted dropping a lock knife on the floor in Mile End Road by police when they were called out to a fight amongst a group of about 20 youths.

Prosecutor Taiwo Adesina told Thames youth Court: "He told police he had to have it to act tough."

Daniel Adedimileham, mitigating, said the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had found the knife that day.

But District Judge Jane McIvor said she found it hard to believe he found the knife in the street.

She asked the teenager: "Do you have any understanding of how dangerous it can be to have a knife on you. How can you act tough by having a knife?"

She asked him what could have happened if he had dropped the weapon.

He replied: "Somebody else could have taken it and used it."

District Judge McIvor added: "You could have had that knife used on you. That's not acting tough, is it?

"If you carry a knife again you will go into custody."

She said young people are being stabbed every day.

"Have you not heard about kids being killed with knives, does that not make you want to keep away from a knife?"

She ordered the boy who admitted possessing an offensive weapon on September 23 this year to perform a nine month referral order which will specifically concentrate on knife crime and violent offences.

The knife will also be destroyed.

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