Monday, April 16, 2007

Britain: The latest in cutting edge teen fashion - a stab-proof hoodie

The Sun:

The tops will retail at £65 and could soon be part of SCHOOL uniform.

They are lined with Kevlar — the material used in body armour for British troops in Iraq.

The clothing is the brainchild of company bosses Adrian Davis and Barry Samms, who also make protective clothes for police forces and security guards.

The pair — who run the BladeRunner firm in Romford, Essex — believe there is a gap in the market.

Barry, 33, said: “A friend of mine is a police officer in Ilford and he told me that while doing stop and searches on 14 and 15-year-old kids, he’s found they are wearing stab-proof and bullet-proof vests.”

Adrian added: “I’m talking to schools in East London at the moment about putting Kevlar linings in school uniforms. It’s all still in development but we’re at an advanced stage.

“We’ve sent examples of school jumpers to the manufacturers and we’re waiting for the costings. I really believe it’s needed.”

Kevlar is a very light but strong synthetic fibre.

It can be spun into ropes or sheets of fabric five times stronger than steel.

Its fire and knife resistant properties mean it is commonly used in the armed forces’ body armour.

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