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Knife Crime: Man Dies After Bolton Pub Stabbing

Knife Crime: Man Dies After Bolton Pub StabbingA man in his 30s was stabbed to death in a pub in Bolton early today, becoming the third victim of knife crime in the region in the past 48 hours.

He was found at the Pepper Alley pub in Bolton shortly before 1am and died in hospital from his injuries. A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Elsewhere today, a 22-year-old man was in a serious condition after he was found by police with multiple stab wounds at a campsite at the T in the Park music festival in Kinross-shire, central Scotland.

A police spokesman said officers were seeking two men who were likely to have had bloodstained clothing.

The latest violence comes as the government was beginning to outline a series of new measures to try and combat knife crime. At least nine people have been killed with knives in the past week.

The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, announced today that young offenders caught with a knife are to be forced to meet stabbing victims in an attempt to underline the seriousness of carrying a weapon. This would include visits to A&E wards where people are being treated for knife wounds, meetings with the families of stabbing victims and prison visits to offenders jailed for knife offences.

The Metropolitan police said last week that a 75-strong unit would be dedicated to tackling knife crime. The number of teenagers to die violently in the capital since the beginning of the year rose to 20 this week.

The latest teenage victim in the capital, Melvin Bryan, 18, was killed after being wounded in the neck and chest during a confrontation in a bedsit in Edmonton, north London, on Thursday.

Another victim named yesterday was Yusufu Miiro, a 20-year-old student from Stratford. He was fatally stabbed in the head and chest as he walked up a stairwell towards a friend's flat in St David's Court, Walthamstow, north-east London.

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