A BOY took this huge meat cleaver into school and tried to slash another pupil’s face, police said.
Met Police posted a photo of the shocking five-inch blade brandished by the schoolboy in Brent, North West London.
It comes as Britain battles a knife crisis with 42 people stabbed to death across the country so far this year – including 12 in just two weeks.
Last week a 19-year-old boy was seriously injured after being stabbed in the chest outside a DLR station in Lewisham, South East London.
Jodie Chesney and Yousef Makki, both 17, were stabbed to death in a devastating weekend of violence earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Scotland Yard chiefs have unveiled plans to tackle the knife epidemic by stop-and-searching 1,000 suspects every day.
It comes as the UK murder rate soars to the highest number for a decade.
Knife crime has also increased by eight per cent as violence spirals out of control across the country.
Philip Hammond today announced a £100 million funding package to tackle Britain’s knife crime epidemic.
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The cash will go towards violent crime units in the seven worst affected UK cities.
It is a major victory for Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who demanded the cash after the surge in knife killings this year.
The money will also help pay for police officers overtime as they struggle to combat spiralling knife crime.