The Offensive Weapons Bill currently going through Parliament will be amended making it an offence to carry knives in schools and playgrounds. Currently the police are only allowed in schools at the invitation of the head. It is an offence to carry a knife or another offensive weapon in public without good reason but schools are not usually counted as public places.
Police powers will be increased so they can enter schools to search for weapons and make arrests following recommendations from a Department for Education and Employment working party set up after the fatal stabbing of London headteacher Philip Lawrence.
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