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Letters Public health and knife crime

Is stop and search a deterrent?

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 16 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2122
  1. John Bradley, NHS principal public health practitioner
  1. Powys Public Health Team, Public Health Wales, Bronllys Hospital, Bronllys LD3 0LU, UK
  1. john.bradley{at}

Torjesen says that Scotland was successful in reducing knife crime by adopting a public health approach and not by an increase in enforcement activity and resources.1

The debate about the …

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