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Former Nazi concentration camp guard, 93, on trial in Germany as accessory to more than 5,000 murders

A 93-year-old former SS private, who as a teenager stood guard in a watchtower in a Nazi Germany concentration camp, began trial Thursday in Hamburg state court where he’s accused of being an accessory to 5,230 murders in the finals months of World War II.

Bruno Dey, who entered the courtroom in a wheelchair Thursday, was in his late teens when he worked at the Stutthof concentration camp more than seven decades ago outside of Danzig, which is now the city of Gdansk in Poland. 

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Prosecutors argue that while Dey was not directly involved in a killing in Stutthof, he was a “small wheel in the machinery of murder” committed during his time as a guard from August 1944 to April 1945 given he actively stopped inmates from escaping the camp, which was one of the last to be liberated.

Dey also allegedly told investigators he could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chambers below his watchtower and witnessed the daily carting off of their dead bodies to the camp’s crematorium. His attorney, Stefan Waterkamp, questioned why his client was being prosecuted now, saying that before a recent change in German legal reasoning, “nobody was interested in the simple guards.”

“Where does responsibility end?” he asked the court in his opening statement. “That is the question this trial must answer.”

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93-year-old former SS guard Bruno Dey in the concentration camp Stutthof near Danzig is sitting in the regional court in Hamburg, Germany, Oct.17, 2019. The prosecution accuses the 93-year-old man of aiding and abetting the murder of 5230 people. The defendant was only 17 or 18 years old at the time of the crime. That’s why the trial takes place in front of a juvenile delinquency chamber. About 25 survivors of the concentration camp appear as joint plaintiffs. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

In recent years, prosecutors have successfully convicted former death camp guards using the argument that by helping to operate camps like Auschwitz and Sobibor, they were accessories to the murders there. The 2015 conviction of former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening on such reasoning was upheld by a German federal court, solidifying the precedent.

Prosecutor Lars Mahnke detailed how tens of thousands of people, mostly Jews, were gassed, shot and starved to death as part of the “systematic killing” carried out during Stutthof’s six years of operation. Stutthof was established by Nazi Germany in 1939 east of Danzig and was used as the main collection point for Jews and non-Jewish Poles removed from the city. In Dey’s case, the reasoning is being applied to a concentration camp rather than a death camp given the site’s sole purpose wasn’t murder.

“The accused was no ardent worshipper of Nazi ideology,” prosecutors argue in the indictment. “But there is also no doubt that he never actively challenged the persecutions of the Nazi regime.”

Even in concentration camps, “it was almost a certain death sentence,” said Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem who attended the opening of the trial. Zuroff, who helped locate nearly two dozen Stutthof survivors for the case, rejected Waterkamp’s suggestion that Dey should not be prosecuted because higher-ranking Nazis were never brought to trial.

“Just because more senior criminals got away with a crime doesn’t mean that the more minor criminals are not guilty,” Zuroff said.

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Because Dey was 17 when he started serving at the camp, he is being tried in juvenile court and faces a possible six months to 10 years in prison if convicted. Dey himself told prosecutors his SS comrades talked of the “extermination of the Jews” and said he had “done people wrong” by serving there.

“I did not know why they were there,” Dey told prosecutors. “I knew well that they were Jews who had committed no crime, that they were only there because they were Jews. And they have the same right to live and to work like any other person. But it was just that Hitler or his party … had something against the Jews.”

The Associated press contributed to this report.

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Syria cease-fire in question after fighting, shelling reported

Just hours after President Trump announced a cease-fire between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces in Syria, journalists have reported continued fighting in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, while other areas have reported relative calm since the agreement.

Journalists from the Associated Press reported witnessing shelling and said they could see smoke billowing around the town, which sits along the border with Turkey. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, reported intermittent clashes in Ras al-Ayn, but calm elsewhere.

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Reuters also reported machine-gun fire and shelling that could be heard from a border town in Turkey near Ra al-Ayn.

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Oct. 17: In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, flames and smoke billow from a fire on a target in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by shelling by Turkish forces. (Associated Press)

Trump had praised the cease-fire agreement as “a great day for civilization.” He pointed to it as a victory after being criticized for his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the region. At a rally on Thursday, he said it was his “unconventional” approach that led to the deal.

The agreement requires the Kurdish fighters to vacate a swath of territory in Syria along the Turkish border, largely solidifying Turkey’s position.

A senior military official — who worked on designing the U.S. anti-ISIS strategy with both the Kurds and the Turks — told Fox News earlier that the 120-hour cease-fire had little chance of success.

“There is no way the Kurds can leave that security zone,” the source said. “There are thousands of Kurds who live in what the Turks want as a buffer zone. That’s what these fighters’ families live. That is where they are from.”

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Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News in an exclusive interview that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan knows Trump “says what he means” when he talks about slapping new sanctions on Turkey if its military defies the terms of the agreement.

Pence acknowledged the Trump administration was grateful to the Kurds that “helped us defeat ISIS,” but point out that Turkey “had very real issues of terrorism and ISIS and the PKK organization, a Kurdish terrorist group the United States recognized as a terrorist organization many years ago.”

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Melissa Leon and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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El Chapo’s son arrested in Mexico amid gun battles in western city

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The son of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested in Mexico Thursday amid gun battles between his supporters and security forces, a report said.

Ovidio Guzman Lopez was arrested in Culiacan, a city in Western Mexico and a stronghold for El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel, the BBC reported.

His arrest sparked gun battles on the streets of the city between cartel members and security forces, the Guardian reported.

A main road that leads out of the city was blocked by burning trucks and others were shut by the army, according to the report.

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Images shared on Twitter show masked gunmen manning machine guns in the back of a truck on the streets of the city.

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Furious husband chops off rapist’s penis after catching him attacking wife in the street

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A husband has chopped off a rapist’s penis after seeing him allegedly sexually assaulting his wife.

The 27-year-old spouse was on his way home in Shevchenkovo, a village in the eastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine, when he claimed he saw the attack.

Reports say the couple were spending time with their friends at a local restaurant. At about 1 a.m. the wife left, with her husband following ten minutes later.

But as she walked near her apartment block, the 25-year-old rapist, Dmitry Ivchenko, allegedly attacked her from behind while covering her mouth.

When the victim’s husband reached the apartment block, he heard noises coming from the bushes and claimed to see Ivchenko squeezing his victim’s throat while raping her.

The furious husband then allegedly attacked the rapist and hit him on the head with a fist, before grabbing his Swiss army knife and chopping his penis off, local media report.

Attorney Dmitry Spaskin said: “The husband lost the ability to control his actions. He did not understand what he was doing.”

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The rapist’s screams woke up all the residents in the area who rushed to the scene.

The victim’s mother immediately reported Ivchenko to the police while others called an ambulance for him as he was bleeding heavily.

Mr. Spaskin said: “After the incident, the husband was in a state of shock and just walked away. He walked about 13 kilometers (eight miles) and reached a neighboring village. There he met an acquaintance and asked to drive him to a police station.”

The husband was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and put under house arrest.

He said to local media: “I cannot explain what happened to me at that moment.”

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Ivchenko was taken to Shevchenko District Hospital and underwent surgery.

Sergey Mitrakov, the head of the hospital’s surgical unit said: “The patient needs a long-lasting treatment.”

Doctors have not speculated on the chances to reattach the penis or whether it will work if it is.

Police were said to be investigating the rape allegations against Ivchenko. He is at the hospital under police surveillance now.

Prosecutor Tetiana Vasileva commented: “The rapist said that he was dumped by his girlfriend a week ago. On the day of the incident, he drank a liter of vodka. He is refusing to say more so far.”

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The female residents of the village support the husband.

Hanna Khaustova said: “Ivchenko tried to hit on me but I told him to stop. Then he said, ‘You will regret it’. I believe any girl from our village could have become his victim. I support the husband. If he had not done it the rapist would have continued to assault girls. I am sorry for the wife. She has a hard time now.”

But he could face up to eight years in prison if found guilty and the rapist Dmitry Ivchenko faces up to five years if found guilty.

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Dutch family found in remote farmhouse may have been ‘Moonies,’ suspect to be held 14 days

The family discovered living mostly isolated from the outside world on a farm in the Netherlands for nearly a decade may have been associated with the South Korean-based Unification Church, also known as “Moonies,” Dutch media reported Thursday.

Prosecutors announced on Twitter that a 58-year-old man, whose identity was not released, is suspected of involvement in “deprivation of liberty and harming the health of others.” The man, widely reported in Dutch media to be an Austrian national identified only as Jozef B., was ordered by a judge Thursday to be held for an additional two weeks while the investigation into the matter continues.

The family and the 58-year-old are believed to have been affiliated with the Unification Church, broadcaster RTV Drenthe reported.

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The family became involved with the religious cult known for mass weddings when the father moved to the Netherlands and lived off donations that enabled them to live at the farm for nearly a decade in isolation, according to the broadcaster.

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An aerial picture taken on Oct. 15, 2019 shows a view of the farm where a father and six children had been living in the cellar, In Ruinerwold, located inthe  northern Netherlands. (WILBERT BIJZITTER/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

A cousin of the presumed Jozef B. told De Telegraaf the family was thrown out of the cult about 30 years ago.

“There was a lot of disagreement between my parents and my uncle, and between my uncle and the church association,” he told the newspaper. “At a certain moment he ran away angry.”

The Unification Church was founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon, a self-declared messiah who believed he was chosen by Jesus Christ to continue the work of establishing an ideal world of peace and harmony, according to Reuters.

Until his death in 2012, Moon oversaw mass weddings at which thousands were matched with spouses they sometimes had just met and in some cases did not even speak the same language. Followers of the group were often called “Moonies” by critics, who raised questions over how it indoctrinated members, according to Reuters. In the early 1990s, the group was believed to have as many as 7 million followers in 180 nations.

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The small group of buildings after a family group were discovered to be living in secluded conditions in Ruinerwold, 80 miles northeast of Amsterdam. (RTL Netherlands via AP)

The organization was banned in Germany and other European continues in the 1990s because it was viewed as a dangerous religious sect, DutchNews.nl reported.

Among the rituals the “Moonies” at the farm in the Netherlands had to do were walking in a circle every 30 minutes, according to RTV Drenthe. After the family was initially taken off the farm on Monday, the family members continued to walk outside in laps every 30 minutes.

Bystanders saw the odd behavior and began taking photos, prompting Dutch authorities to relocate the family, according to the broadcaster.

FAMILY OF 7 DISCOVERED LIVING IN DUTCH FARM CELLAR FOR YEARS WAITING FOR WORLD TO END

The six members of the family, reportedly a father and children aged 18-25, were discovered this week living in what local mayor Roger de Groot called “improvised rooms” on a farm in the Netherlands’ rural east.

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The small group of buildings after a family group were discovered to be living in secluded conditions in Ruinerwold, 80 miles northeast of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday Oct. 15, 2019. (RTL Netherlands via AP)

The father of the family reportedly had a cerebral infection three years ago that left him paralyzed, which allowed the family to keep receiving money from the organization. A large amount of cash has been found on the farm, RTV Drenthe reported.

They were discovered after a 25-year-old man left the farm, visited a local bar and raised the alarm. Dutch media reported Wednesday that the young man, Jan Zon van Dorsten, had been active in recent weeks on social media, including saying that he worked for a company run by the suspect who is to be charged.

Drone images of the farm showed a cluster of buildings with a large vegetable garden on one side. The small property appeared to be ringed by a fence and largely obscured by trees.

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While Dutch media reported the family was living on the farm allegedly “waiting for the end of time,” officials have not released any additional details. The Drenthe Police Department said a Large Scale Investigation Team is now operating at the farm, and investigators are probing possible criminal charges, according to police.

“We understand that everyone still has many questions. We have that, too. That is why we want to do our research thoroughly and carefully,” police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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London rush-hour commuters yank climate-change protesters from roofs of trains

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Don’t mess with Londoners’ morning commute.

Climate activists who crippled rush hour across London on Thursday by climbing onto the roofs of trains were met with angry commuters who took it upon themselves to drag some of them back to platforms.

British Transport Police said officers were called to three stations in east London early Thursday after protesters climbed onto the roofs of trains or glued themselves to the carriages.

The demonstrations on Thursday were part of the second week of protests organized by Extinction Rebellion that have previously targeted government buildings, London City Airport, and financial institutions in the British capital.

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Robin Boardman, a spokesman for the protesters, said that if such action is necessary to make the government take notice of their climate change demands, “then this is what we must do.”

“None of us want to inconvenience ordinary people,” he said. “That’s why we’re doing this in the morning when it will impact business as usual, and not in the evening when people want to get home to be with their loved ones.”

Videos have shown protestors using a ladder to climb on top of the roof of one train, sparking an immediate reaction from commuters on the platform. Some tossed food and drinks at protestors, which one person could be heard shouting, “I need to get to work, I have to feed my kids.”

Another video showed at least one man reaching up and grabbing the leg of a protester on top of a Tube train, dragging him onto the platform where he was quickly surrounded as he lay on the ground.

Officials told Sky News that four people were arrested at one station after gluing themselves to the doors.

One of the protesters told Reuters he glued himself to a Docklands Light Railway train “for my grandchildren.”

“I’m just here to ring an alarm bell, to wake people up and say please open your eyes,” Phil Kingston, 83, told the news agency.

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Police said they have arrested a total of 8 people and urged protesters not to target London’s underground rail network.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the protesters, saying it was an “unfair burden on our already overstretched police officers.”

“This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners who use public transport to get to work,” he said.

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More than 1,400 people have been arrested since the group began blocking roads, bridges and airports in London over a week ago to demand faster action on climate change. Most have been released without being charged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Brexit breakthrough: Boris Johnson agrees ‘great new deal’ with EU; British MPs to vote Saturday

Britain and the European Union have struck a Brexit deal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Thursday.

The agreement is “great new deal that takes back control,” Johnson tweeted, adding: “Now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment.”

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US jets destroy anti-ISIS coalition base in Syria after withdrawal, official says

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Two Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) F-15 jets destroyed a base that was the headquarters of the anti-ISIS coalition in northern Syria on Wednesday after it had been vacated, according to a military official.

OIR Spokesman Col. Myles Caggins III said the fighter jets “successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache and reduce the facility’s military usefulness.”

All coalition forces and equipment had been removed from the base, which was located between Kobanî and Ain Issa, Caggins said.

The move comes as nearly all U.S. troops withdraw from Syria amid a Turkish military offensive into the region that began last week.

Most U.S. troops in Syria have been removed and will be redeployed in the region in the coming weeks.

Caggins confirmed earlier Wednesday that the Coalition’s deliberate withdrawal continues, and the Lafarge Cement Factory in northern Syria, as well as the cities of Raqqa and Tabqah, had been vacated.

Caggins told Fox News on Tuesday that the cement factory was set on fire before it was vacated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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“The location had been the headquarters of the de facto Defeat-ISIS coalition in Syria,” he said. “No U.S. forces or equipment were ever in jeopardy and remain within separate, secure facilities.”

“Our priority is protecting the remaining Coalition forces at the LCF as multiple forces converge in northeast Syria,” Caggins said at the time. “Coalition forces are executing a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria.”

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Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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3 US diplomats detained near secret Russian military training ground: officials

Three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train and detained Monday near a mysterious military site in northwestern Russia where a deadly explosion and radiation leak took place back in August, according to officials.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that the three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train when it arrived in Severodvinsk, a city of 183,000.

The U.S. State Department confirmed to Fox News the diplomats were taken off the train and were in the country on official travel after properly filing travel with the Russian Defense Ministry.

“The American diplomats were on official travel and had properly notified Russian authorities of their travel,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.

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Russian broadcaster REN-TV reported the three Americans did not present documents for staying in Severodvinsk, which is a city located in a list of territories that are under regulation for visits by foreign citizens.

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Three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train and detained Monday after arriving in the city of Severodvinsk, located near a secret military testing site where a deadly explosion and radiation leak took place in August. (Bing/Fox News)

The group of Americans was detained after Russian authorities conducted a check of passengers on the train when it arrived in the city, according to REN-TV.

Interfax reported the U.S. diplomats had been let go, but are regarded to have broken Russian law. Officials have not yet released any additional information.

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The port city of Severodvinsk is located near the military shooting range in Nyonoksa, in the country’s far northern Arkhangelsk region.

On Aug. 8, five nuclear workers were killed during a rocket engine test near the White Sea in an area considered part of the testing range. Russia’s Defense Ministry initially said the blast killed two people and injured six, but the state-controlled nuclear agency, Rosatom, later disclosed that the explosion killed five of its workers and injured three others. Rosatom said the explosion occurred while engineers were testing “a nuclear isotope power source” for a rocket and were thrown into the sea by the explosion.

A Russian newspaper later reported that two of the patients that were injured in the blast died from radiation sickness before they could be taken to Moscow for treatment.

The mysterious explosion was followed by a brief rise in radiation levels in nearby Severodvinsk, but the authorities insisted the recorded levels didn’t pose any danger to local residents. Russia’s state weather agency, Rosgidromet, said it believed radiation levels had risen up to 16 times after the accident when a cloud of radioactive gases drifted across the area in the wake of the blast.

Weeks later, the weather agency said that radioactive isotopes were been discovered in test samples.

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Russian officials’ changing and contradictory accounts of the incident have drawn comparisons to Soviet attempts to cover up the 1986 explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

The Russian Defense Ministry at first denied any radiation leak in the incident, even as authorities in nearby Severodvinsk reported a brief rise in radiation levels and advised residents to stay indoors and close the windows.

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President Vladimir Putin has praised the victims of the disaster, saying they were doing “very important work for the nation’s security,” but kept mum on what type of weapon they were testing. U.S. defense officials and outside observers believe it was a missile Russia calls the 9M730 Burevestnik. The NATO alliance has designated it the SSC-X-9 Skyfall, which was first revealed by Putin in March 2018 along with other doomsday weapons.

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Child, 4, among 1,300 British students found carrying weapons in school: report

The knife crime “epidemic” plaguing England and Wales has infiltrated the classroom, where more than 1,300 students – including a 4-year-old child – have been caught carrying weapons at school.

New figures, obtained by the Press Association during a Freedom of Information request, showed that 1,383 students across England and Wales were found carrying some form of a weapon between April 2018 and August 2019.

The weapons included knuckledusters, a hammer, a machete, a bayonet, a Taser, a gun and even in one case, a teenager armed with a sword, Sky News reported.

In one case, a Cambridgeshire student was caught with a fidget spinner fitted with a spike.

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School leaders said that the figures – which are probably higher – were “grim but unsurprising.”

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The figures showed that some 1,072 instances of children caught carrying weapons into schools were declared by 29 police forces in the two countries over the last fiscal year, up from 831 in the previous 12 months. Pictured is the HQ of London’s Metropolitan Police

“[They] reflect a growing problem over the prevalence of weapons in wider society,” said Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. “Schools are doing their best to tackle these problems, but they cannot possibly solve this issue on their own. They need more back-up in the form of well-resourced community support services and more investment in policing.”

The figures showed some 1,072 instances of children caught carrying weapons into schools were declared by 29 police forces across England and Wales over the last fiscal year, up from 831 in the previous 12 months.

Between April and August 2019, there were another 311 incidents, with 49 of those involving children below the age of 10, which is the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales.

“Serious violence is a growing problem amongst young people and we continue to work closely with partners to address this,” Chief Constable Olivia Pinkey of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, told Sky News.

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According to the figures, on average, five weapons were seized every day of the English school year.

These staggering figures come amid a growing epidemic of knife and weapons violence in England and Wales.

In July, police said knife crime had reached a record high in 2018-19, with such offenses increasing by at least 8 percent.

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The data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were 43,516 police-recorded offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument, the highest figure since such records began in 2011.

This data doesn’t take into account the crimes recorded by Scottish authorities and the Greater Manchester Police, which patrols parts of the 9th largest city in Britain.

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