Under a Freedom of Information request made to West Mercia Police, figures show that there was a 120 per cent rise in the number of knife incidents in primary and secondary schools across West Mercia.

The knives included lock knives and Stanley knives as well as everyday knives.

In 2011 there were four reported incidents. The offenders were aged between 11 and 17 and received cautions and reprimands from the authorities.

Reported by the Shropshire Star. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.