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Community worker calls for action to tackle knife crime in Ipswich

A community worker from Ipswich says more needs to be done to stop young people in the area carrying knives.

It comes after 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens was stabbed to death in Nacton earlier this month.

Terry Charles remembers Tavis as a "gentle giant" and says there needs to be a tougher deterrent to stop people carrying knives.

"If they carry knives the likelihood is that a life is going to be taken as a consequence of that and the last thing I want as a youth worker is for them to lose their lives by going to prison."

– Terry Charles, community worker

The police and council leaders have now set up an action plan promising change in the area.

Street lights will be kept on where Tavis was stabbed and more youth workers have been promised.

"We need to tackle the issue of gangs, of knife crime and drugs within the whole of Ipswich and Suffolk. In Ipswich there are areas that are far worse so we need to address those as a priority."

– Cllr Paul West, Suffolk County Council

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