Boy, 13, held over school stabbing

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A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after a 14-year-old was stabbed in the thigh at a school.

Police were called to the premises near New Cross Road in Lewisham, south-east London, earlier today where they found a 14-year-old boy with a non-life threatening stab wound.

Scotland Yard’s Lewisham Borough Twitter feed added: “This could have been much worse. It’s only luck that this child wasn’t more seriously hurt.”

The stabbing comes just days after the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe called for more stop and searches to curb knife crime.

In an interview with BBC London, he said: “Over the last three months there has been a rise in stabbings and that has caused us to review our position on stop and search.

“We were doing too much; repeatedly stopping people who have done nothing wrong can’t be right. But if we are getting to the stage where people think they can carry knives with impunity, that can’t be good for anyone.

“Stop and search is a reasonable tactic when used in the right way.

“We don’t want to see a return to a million stop and searches, but there is an argument for more use of stop and search focused on high knife crime areas and targeting gangs.”