A report this week highlighted the dramatic rise of knife crime in Britain. It reveals a massive 73% rise in the number of muggers carrying knives. In addition up to 57,000 of under 25 year olds are stabbed every year. The Home Office plans to increase the penalty for carrying knives from two to four years and also raise the age limit for buying knives from 16 to 18. In addition teachers will be given power to search pupils for weapons.