Churches should become knife crime sanctuaries with weapon amnesty bins General Synod

Dr Mallet acknowledged that the move will require safety training for members of the clergy and local parishes, particularly on how to protect young people vulnerable to county lines exploitation.“We cannot go into this blindly,” she said. “In the past there’s been a jump to ‘well if you had more youth clubs we might be able to do some sticking plaster work’. But we have to look at this holistically and look at the agencies we can work with to be part of the solution.” “[Knife crime] has become a national problem,” Dr Mallet said. “Churches on the ground have found themselves engaged and involved, either they are involved in wherever that situation has happened and they are called in to help the family or a funeral.“Churches have come together to think of ways it can be part of the nexus of support, recognising it is not the solution but it can be part of the solution and that’s the important thing. Churches should become knife crime sanctuaries where young people can go and dispose of their weapons, the General Synod has proposed.The Revd Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett, a priest in Angell Town, south London, will urge parishes to open their doors after school hours for young people in hot spot areas for serious violence.Knife amnesty bins, where youngsters can safely dispose of their weapons to help them avoid violence, should also be provided.Dr Mallet said she has been involved in “too many funerals” for young victims of crime and that the Church of England should help tackle the culture that saw more than 39,000 knife crime offences in 2018 alone.The Synod, which is held twice a year, will debate the motion in York next weekend. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.