MPs in Oxford believe knife crime is a 'growing worry' for communities and families following the recent serious incidents in the city.

Police are currently conducting a murder investigation after a fatal stabbing on Sunday, February 25 in Littlemore which took the life of 32-year-old Tobias Bruce.

Four days later, a man sustained several stab wounds and was hospitalised after an incident in Edgecombe Road in Barton.

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The third incident on March 13 saw an attempted murder investigation launched following an altercation off Cowley Road where a man in his 40s was attacked in Manzil Way nearby.

All these incidents have sparked the Oxford Mail to launch its newest anti-knife crime campaign, raising awareness of knife crime and how it can be prevented.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP, Layla Moran said: “One life taken by knife crime is one too many. I welcome this initiative.

“The conservatives’ approach has clearly failed, with the government too busy trying to seem tough on knife crime to do the hard work to actually prevent it.

“They have underfunded our policing services for years, leaving forces overstretched and struggling to prioritise officers where they are most needed.

“But police alone cannot solve this crisis. Conservative cuts to youth services have been a major cause of the rise in knife crime, and the Government must urgently reinvest in these services to help steer young people away from gangs and violence.

“That’s how we will make our communities safer and let people feel safer”.

Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodd said knife crime is a “growing worry” for communities and local families.

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She said: “Under the conservatives, Britain is facing an epidemic of knife crime. Nationally, knife crime is up 77 per cent since 2015.

“We’ve seen the impacts of this on Oxford’s streets all too recently.

“Knife crime does not just affect the victim, it affects whole communities. It is about the fear of crime as well as actual incidents.

“Feeling unsafe can prompt teenagers to believe that they need to carry a knife, even though that makes them more unsafe.

“Similarly, far too often nothing is being done when young people are getting into trouble, being groomed by gangs, or lost in a sometimes dangerous online world.

“I am pressing the Police and Crime Commissioner to support Thames Valley Police to tackle local knife crime.

“I’ve also pushed the Government to act to stop the selling of dangerous knives, after promising sixteen times over the last decade to ban so-called ‘zombie’ knives.

“Halving knife crime is a key plank of Labour’s mission to halve violent crime.

“This means being tough on knife crime and tough on the causes of knife crime, including delivering on our proposals to create youth hubs and put youth metal health workers in every school and open access hubs in every community with action to tackle mental health waiting lists.”