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Essex teen calls on government to tackle poverty as way of slashing knife crime

An Essex teenager is calling on the government to do more to tackle poverty and injustice as a way of dealing with knife crime.

17-year-old Rachel Ojo is chair of the UK's Youth Parliament - they've launched a report calling on the government to do more to tackle poverty and injustice as a way to deal with knife crime.

Among the key findings of the report were:

  • A clear link between poverty and young people getting involved in a gang
  • School exclusions should be the very last resort when dealing with troubled young people
  • The government should focus on deterring people getting involved in gangs, not punishing those who do

Russell Hookey spoke to Rachel and asked her the report's conclusions: