Britain to deploy knife detectors in schools

2008-01-20 05:44:14 Xinhua English

LONDON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Airport-style metal detectors are to be installed in British schools in a bid to curb the rise of knife crime among youths.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will announce the details next month as the centerpiece of the government's new violent crime action plan, Sky News reported on Sunday.

The search facilities will be introduced at some of the country's toughest secondary schools in cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

Senior police officers and head teachers are all supporters of the plan, the report said.

"There are schools serving areas where knife crime is high in the community. It's right that these schools take measures to protect pupils, but this is a very small number," John Dunford, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, was quoted as saying.

A Home Office spokesman said, "more details will be available in the Tackling Violence Action Plan which the Home Secretary will publish in the next few weeks."