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Image caption More than 22,000 knife and weapon offences were recorded nationally in the past year. Teenagers are being offered up to £1,000 by gang leaders in Liverpool to stab other youngsters, the BBC has learned. They told the BBC Beyond Today podcast bounties were being offered by "elders" who wanted to avoid carrying out the attacks themselves. The claims have been linked to at least one recent stabbing. Merseyside Police said it was aware organised crime groups used violence to settle disputes. In a statement the force did not directly address the teenagers' claims. But it said gangs were known to exploit "young and vulnerable people to sell... drugs and even to use violence". Image... Full story

17 June