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Knife crime sees sales of slash-proof clothing rise

Won’t cut to fit: The hoodie and Kevlar-lined gloves (below)

A CLOTHING label that makes stab-proof hoodies has said it is doing a roaring trade in London after more than 100 murders in the capital so far this year.

Bladerunner said it had seen a 22 per cent rise in demand for its £80 anti-slash hoodies and cut-resistant Kevlar gloves ‘as people want to defend themselves from these attacks’.

Lee Marks, head of the London-based brand, added: ‘We are getting a lot of sales to police, the Ministry of Defence, security personnel and more and more members of the public.

‘We’ve also had a lot of enquiries from mosques and synagogues who are very concerned about security.’

Bladerunner says it also supplies NHS security staff. Mr Marks said it was possible gang members and worried parents were among those ordering thin stab-proof vests to wear under their clothes.

‘In either case we are helping people protect themselves,’ he said. An ultra-thin vest is in development and will be on the market soon priced at £260 for front and back protection.

Suspect arrested after victims are injured in separate attacks

A SUSPECTED knifeman was arrested yesterday after two lone women were stabbed in attacks that took place two days apart.

The victims, aged in their 50s and 60s, needed hospital treatment for non life-threatening injuries after the attacks in Bow, east London.

A woman was stabbed on Friday in the first attack. In the second, a 57-year-old woman was set upon a short distance away on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Police said a 36-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder at a Bow address.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on Sunday, but later released pending further inquiries.