Former servicemen and women are being recruited to mentor pupils in Lancashire.
Politicians hope it will make teenagers turn up for lessons more and help them achieve better exam results.
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Merseyside Police will be stepping up their campaign against knife crime this weekend as part of a national week of action.
Crime Commissioner says decision undermines "the principles of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse vision"