Prince Charles has spoken out against the rising ‘horror’ of knife crime in his Easter message.
He said anyone who committed ‘such brutal deeds’ must be brought to justice.
The Prince of Wales, who is working with his son Prince Harry to listen to the victims of knife crime and their families, issued a strong plea to halt the ‘terrible deeds of darkness’ occurring on Britain’s streets.
In an Easter Message published in The Daily Telegraph, he wrote of the power of forgiveness, and the hope that comes through faith.
He wrote: ‘Throughout my own life, it has been a humbling experience to meet and to listen to people who have suffered the most terrible personal tragedies.
‘The way they have grieved and turned their grief into action to help others in the most extraordinary way is an example of the light overcoming the darkness.
‘Recently, Prince Harry and I brought together some of those who have been affected by knife crime to see what more could be done to tackle this pervasive horror.
‘Listening to those who have suffered from such attacks filled us both with immense sadness.
‘But their remarkable determination to move forward and address the causes of such crime and to find solutions was, for me, yet another example of the light shining in the darkness.’
He added: ‘Of course, those who commit such brutal deeds need to face up to their crimes through being brought to justice.
‘However, very often it is not the punishment that brings them to their senses and changes them, but rather the extraordinary power of the forgiveness from those they have hurt.’
Some 26 people have died from stab wounds so far in London alone this year.
The Prince also hailed the survivors of a terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand last month for their ‘dignified’ response.