itish Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a summit with government ministers, police and community leaders to tackle a surge in knife crimes after two teenagers were stabbed to death over the weekend.
Speaking in the United Kingdom's parliament on Wednesday, May said she would hold the meeting "in the coming days" to explore "what more we can do as a whole society to tackle this problem".
"A growing number of young people have lost their lives in a cycle of mindless violence that has shocked us all," said May, adding "We will only defeat the scourge of violence if we understand and address the complex root causes."
The issue of deadly knife crime has dominated the UK's news agenda this week, after 17-year-old Jodie Chesney was killed in a London park on Friday, and Yousef Ghaleb Makki, also 17, died in a knife attack in the northwestern city of Manchester the following day.
Their deaths bring the number of teenagers killed in knife attacks within England this year to at least 10.