Metal detectors in UK schools

By: SUZY TURNER

suzy@portugalresident.com

AIRPORT-STYLE metal detectors are to be installed in a number of secondary schools across the UK.

Details of the scheme are emerging as the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, admitted she would not feel safe walking alone in London at night.

More than three quarters of knife crime in the UK is committed by 12 to 20-year-olds and this new metal detector plan will be a key element in a new government action plan on violent crime, in an effort to deter youngsters from carrying knives.

It is understood that the plan will be encouraged in schools in cities worst affected by knife crime like London, Birmingham and Liverpool.