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Mother finds collection of knives after daughter's party

The knives found after a party in Gloucester. Photo: ITV News

A mother from Gloucester says she was "petrified and scared" after finding a collection of large knives at her home, left behind by a group of teenagers who attended her daughter's party.

It comes amid a rising number of knife related crimes in Gloucestershire. The mother, who doesn't want to be identified, claims parents need to be more aware of what their children are doing.

"Quite a lot of parents are deluded as to what they kids are doing. Some don't know that their children are walking out with knives, and some parents don;t care what they are doing. But they need to realise that someone is going to get hurt, and they need to realise now before someone gets hurt. It's scary, that's all I can say. It's really scary."

Number of knife related crimes in Gloucestershire from April 2015 to April 2016.
Number of knife related crimes in Gloucestershire from April 2016 to April 2017.

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Anti-knife campaigner Delroy Ellis says knife crime is becoming a growing problem in Gloucester. He's now working with the police to help tackle the issue.

"We have a problem in the city and I have been talking about it over and over again, that enough isn't being done in Gloucester. I've been to various meetings over the last 3 or 4 years and nothing has actually changed. I appreciate that there are organisations in the city trying to address the problem, but this is grass roots stuff. Young people, 12 years old and some younger, carrying knives."