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Youth teams working to tackle knife crime

The number of knife crimes has reached its highest level for nine years. Figures by the Ministry of Justice show more than 21,000 offences were dealt with in 2018 - the highest number since 2009.

But it's something crime prevention teams in the Thames Valley are passionate about changing. They're investing £50,000 to combat knife crime and drug exploitation in Oxfordshire.

This comes days after ITV News weather presenter Alex Beresford confirmed his cousin was one of the latest victims of knife crime. Nathaniel Armstrong, 29, was killed in London - just 11 days after Mr Beresford made an impassioned speech on Good Morning Britain.

But it's not just a growing problem in London. In Oxfordshire youth teams are working to tackle knife crime and help youngsters turn away from violence.

Below: Councillor Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council

Below: Sangeeta talks to Joseph Barrett, Youth Ambition Team