Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Crime Is the Number-One Fear for Young Londoners

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Crime Is the Number-One Fear for Young Londoners

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Byline: ROSS LYDALL

YOUNG Londoners are more likely than pensioners to be concerned about crime, a new survey reveals.

More people aged 18 to 34 worry about safety and anti- social behaviour than those aged 60 or over. They are also more likely than their elders to consider taking and dealing in drugs to be a problem and to complain about public transport.

The results from a survey of 1,015 people surprised analysts at market research firm TNS - pensioners are the group considered most likely to voice a fear of crime.

They were announced as evidence of the scale of London's teenage knife culture was revealed.

A study of inner London schools shows how pupils regard mugging at knifepoint as commonplace.

The Damilola Taylor Trust found that children are increasingly carrying weapons such as scissors, knives and lighters for protection.

The findings emerged as Home Secretary David Blunkett prepares to meet police chiefs tomorrow to discuss new measures to tackle knife crime. …

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